Planning Practice (PgCert) Part-time

Allows students with a specialised Masters degree in planning to top up their planning knowledge and gain professional membership of the RTPI.

This part-time course is designed to provide the planning skills and knowledge necessary to supplement appropriate specialist Master’s degrees in order to satisfy the requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

If you have completed a specialised Master’s degree in planning, this will allow you to ‘top up’ your planning knowledge with the spatial planning component of an RTPI-accredited education, making you eligible (after two years of planning practice) for professional membership of the RTPI.

It is specifically for those who have not already taken a 'conversion' Master’s degree to gain access to the UK planning profession.

Distinctive features

This part-time programme is available to study across either one or two days a week, allowing you to work almost full-time, but still gain a qualification that can provide access to the UK planning profession.

You will be taught alongside others doing a professional 'conversion' degree and special assistance is provided to help you manage your work.

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2017
Duration1 year
QualificationPgCert
ModePart-time
Admission Tutor contact(s)

Admissions criteria

The course is suitable for all graduates of RTPI-accredited specialist masters programmes.

A minimum standard in English language of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent will be required for students whose first language is not English. Pre-course English Language tuition is available.

If your offer to study at Cardiff University is conditional on IELTS, we recommend that you take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test at an approved centre. This will give you greater flexibility regarding how to meet the English Language conditions of your offer. Please note that ‘IELTS for UKVI’ is the only test outside the UK that can be accepted for entry to Pre-sessional English Language programmes.

The programme consists of 90 credits, gained by completing four twenty credit modules and one ten credit module. All modules are compulsory.

The course can be completed in eight months with five modules, consisting of 90 credits in all, spread over two semesters, or over three years taking one module per year, one day a week, or an intermediate combination.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Site Planning, Design & DevelopmentCPT80520 credits
Live ProjectCPT83120 credits
Planning and Real EstateCPT85720 credits
Planning: Nature, Purpose and InstrumentsCPT89420 credits
The Reflective PractitionerCPT89510 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching methods are used. There is an emphasis on interaction between students and teachers.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to a range of facilities and resources, including:

  • A dedicated 40 PC laboratory with high quality peripherals including; network account laser printing, large format colour printing, A4 colour printing.
  • GIS facilities/workstation/access to Edina digimap digital mapping facility.
  • An additional  30 PC open-access laboratory in the Glamorgan Building.
  • An excellent Planning library containing around 12,000 books, 280 journal titles and substantial annual stock expenditure.
  • Access to online international databases/computerised library facilities.
  • Access to Dyslexia resource facilities.
  • Use of Learning Central  in all modules  to provide module information and learning resources. 

You will have regular meetings with your allocated personal tutor to review your progress.

English language support will be available if your first language is not English.

Support will also be available if you are working/being assessed through the medium of Welsh.

We will support the development of your professional skills during induction week by providing training on computer use and presentation skills.

Feedback

Feedback is provided informally on a weekly basis in classes, in regular meetings with personal tutors, and more formally on assessed work.

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment is by coursework. There will be a variety of assessed tasks including reports, presentations, and posters. Most assessed work is individual; some is group work.

What skills will I practise and develop?

 You will be able to:

  • Develop a systematic and critical understanding of spatial planning principles, policy and practice, and understand the importance of national/regional political and socio-economic contexts in shaping specific regimes of planning.
  • Have a conceptual understanding which allows you to critically evaluate and contribute to value-debates, and the development of techniques/methodologies in the study and practice of planning.
  • Develop a range of transferable skills, including decision-making in unpredictable and complex situations, and be encouraged to explore your own creativity.
  • Appreciate the importance of reflecting systematically on your own practice and that of others, and the need for continuing professional development and life-long learning.
  • Develop an understanding of the policy role in planning and the role of planning law.
  • Develop networking skills through meeting professionals and engaging with the professional institute.

Other transferable skills developed include report-writing, time management, presentation skills, and analytical skills.

Completing this course satisfies the initial professional educational requirements of the Royal Town Planning Institute and opens the door to being considered for all mainstream planning posts in the public and private sector in the UK (at an appropriate level depending upon experience).

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2017/18)

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Students from outside the EU (2017/18)

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