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Planning Practice (PgCert)

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Mode: Part time

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Why study this course

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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.

Where you'll study

School of Geography and Planning

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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.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

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.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Site Planning, Design and DevelopmentCPT80520 credits
Live ProjectCPT83120 credits
Planning and Real EstateCPT85720 credits
The Reflective PractitionerCPT89510 credits
Critical Planning Practice and ResearchCPT923 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.

Learning and assessment

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 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.

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.

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.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£4,350None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. The Welsh Government has not yet confirmed fees and funding for EU students starting in 2021/22. We will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£9,725£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Career prospects

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).

Funding

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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