PgDip in Architecture: Professional Practice (Part 3)

Students 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 programme is taught by blended learning methods, including regular online seminars and tutorials, supplemented by short on-site 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.

This programme is led by Professor Sarah Lupton, a well know author of specialist books for practitioners, for example ‘Design Liability in the Construction Industry’, and her popular series on standard form building contracts (for a full list of Sarah’s publications please visit her profile page).

Sarah is dual qualified as an architect and as a lawyer, and is a Chartered Arbitrator and adjudicator. Her strong links with industry (for example as Liability Champion for the Construction Industry Council) and involvement in practice (as a partner in Lupton Stellakis architects) ensure that this Part 3 programme explores cutting edge topics, whilst retaining a strong practical grounding.

Features of the programme

  • Based on acclaimed research expertise within the Welsh School of Architecture and run by a leading author and expert in the field
  • Study while you work in practice; this course is taught by distance learning and short courses, where the emphasis is on workshops and group working
  • Available as a one year full-time or two year part-time qualification
  • Benefit from a small cohort size, individual tutoring, and a wide variety of expert speakers and topics covered
  • Assessment is conducted via a wide variety of written assignments, no examinations
  • Supported by an active alumni network.

What our students say

“I did the full-time version of the course while working in a practice. It was tough, but good time management is a great skill for architects to have. During the course, my practice was putting together a new business plan, so it’s something I was looking at in my case study. I think this course has given me more confidence. I feel like I’ve learnt in depth and because you have to do so many submissions, it’s more work, but I’ve learnt more. Its stuff I actually need to know.

“The benefit of Sarah’s small group teaching approach means you can all get to know one another. Everyone comes from different practices, different experiences. We talk about things we do differently in our practices and ask each other questions. It’s a chance to spend a week with somebody getting to know their approaches.

“It’s a very well-respected course. People see it on your CV and they think: ‘Yes, she’s going to know what she’s talking about’.” Chloe Sheward

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