Postgraduate Diploma Blended

Architecture (Professional Practice)

Cardiff University

12 months
5950 GBP/year
3700 GBP/year
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On this Architecture (Professional Practice) programme from Cardiff University, students will acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession.


The Architecture (Professional Practice) programme from Cardiff University is designed to be undertaken whilst in full-time employment within an architectural practice or related construction industry organisation. It is taught by blended learning methods using the internet (see ‘how will I be taught’ below). The full-time version is a fast track route allowing completion within nine months.

The Diploma is prescribed by the ARB in relation to entry on the register of architects, and validated by the RIBA as equivalent to the RIBA Examination in Professional Practice (the Part 3).  The course has received commendations from three successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2021, when it was commended for ‘its synthesis of academic rigour and practice’.

Career prospects

Students who undertake this course are required to already be in employment. However, this course is designed to enhance their professional development, and aid in career progression.

Our track record with this type of professional course is excellent. All students who graduated from the previous incarnation of this course (which required students to undertake a work placement, rather than being in employment) were all employed by their summer graduation ceremonies.

Successful completion of this course will enable students to register with the ARB and subsequently practice as an architect in the UK.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Industry Context
  • Construction Contracts
  • Professional Services
  • Professional Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible.


120 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Typically, you will need to have the qualifications prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) at Part 1 and Part 2 and a minimum of 12 months professional experience compliant with ARB requirements. 
  • a signed and dated reference from an individual who is familiar with your work, either on an academic or professional basis. The reference should include information regarding how the referee knows you and for how long as well as their assessment of your skills, experience, work ethic, and suitability for this programme.
  • a personal statement which includes your reasons for studying this programme and any experience with issues related to legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement within your previous studies or professional career.
  • We will review your application and if you meet the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5950 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    3700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time

UK:  £1,950/year

International: £2,950/year

Living costs for Cardiff

628 - 1066 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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