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PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (RIBA/ARB Part 3)

Students working together on a group project

You will acquire an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement along with the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession.

The programme is taught by blended learning methods including regular online seminars and tutorials, supplemented by short onsite courses while students are working in practice.

This qualification is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and is accredited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at Part 3 Level. The Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) has received excellent feedback from students, and commendations from successive RIBA Visiting Boards including from the latest, in July 2016, when the it was commended for its ‘breadth, depth and rigour’.

How to apply

For more information on course content, structure, fees and how to apply, please visit our PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice course information page.

Key events

Provisional dates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture: Professional Practice short courses next year are as follows:

Please note that it may be possible to attend these online.

Full-time students12-16 October 2020
14-15 January 2021
23-26 March 2021
Part-time students: Year 112-16 October 2020
23-24 March 2021
Part-time students: Year 225-28 January 2022
24-25 March 2022

The first short course for the 2019/20 session took place on 8-11 October and included workshops and seminars from a range of contributors. Read the news article.

The second short course took place on 22-24 January 2020. Read the news article.

The third short course took place online on 17-20 March 2020. Read the news article

Course team

The course is directed by Professor Sarah Lupton. Key to the course are the two expert consultants (Manos Stellakis and Robert Firth), who are external to the school but have ongoing input, advising on strategic matters, delivering seminars and workshops, and providing feedback to students. We also engage tutors to help with workshops and provide feedback. They are usually alumni of the School. We invite many industry experts to give guest talks and seminars.

Course Director

Professor Sarah Lupton

Professor Sarah Lupton

Personal Chair

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Robert Firth BSc (Hons) BArch (Dist) MSc (Project Management), FRSA, FFB, RIBA (Partner, RDMF Consultancy, Expert Consultant, WSA).

Manos Stellakis BSc, DipArch, MSc (Econ) RIBA, (Partner, Lupton Stellakis architects, Expert Consultant, WSA).

Admissions support

Architecture Admissions

What makes the Cardiff postgraduate diploma course unique is the rigour with which it is approached. We are given the opportunity to learn about a huge range of matters that relate to the professional practice of architecture that often go above and beyond the basic requirements of the qualification.

Tom Woodward


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