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Architecture: Professional Studies (MA/PgDip)

Course Description

Course Aims

Offers knowledge and expertise in providing the student with an in-depth understanding of the legal and economic aspects of architectural practice and construction procurement, and of the related skills necessary to practice effectively on entry into the architectural profession. The course will foster the development of critical and independent judgement, and the ability to manage complex processes. It also develops a critical awareness of current problems in the field.

Course Description

This is a two-stage postgraduate Diploma/Masters course.

Stage 1, leading to the qualification of Postgraduate Diploma, comprises six modules:
• Construction Industry
• Practice Management
• Construction Law
• International Construction
• Professional Services
• Project Management

Stage 2, leading to the Masters, consists of a dissertation module in which students are able to pursue in greater depth an aspect of the subject that interests them. Both the Diploma and Masters have RIBA/ARB recognition at Part 3 level. This course is taught while the student is in an approved work placement, and is taught largely by distance learning methods with the requirement to attend three short residential courses.

Our PGT programmes are open to candidates from architectural and built environment backgrounds and draw on established and widely recognised research strengths within the School. If you are a UK or EU resident with a good academic and /or work experience record we would like to hear from you.

For information, on Financial Support to study on this course please see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/archi/pgt-financial-support

Visit the Architecture: Professional Studies (MA/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for architecture graduates with a RIBA/ARB Part 2 qualification or an EU Directive listed qualification. Other graduates and qualified architects are welcome to take individual modules.

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