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Planning Practice (PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / 8 months - 3 years (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

To provide the planning skills and knowledge necessary to supplement appropriate specialist masters degrees in order to satisfy RTPI requirements.

Special Features

Course Description

This is a part-time course to allow students with a specialised (i.e. would constitute 'specialised knowledge' in RTPI educational terms) Masters degree in planning to 'top up' their planning knowledge and complete a Royal Town Planning Institute accredited education, making them eligible (after two years of planning practice) for professional membership of the RTPI. It is specifically for those who have not taken a 'conversion' Masters degree to gain access to the UK planning profession.

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

Course Structure

The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.

Autumn Semester

During the Autumn semester, full-time students must complete the following core modules:

* Runs over both the Autumn and Spring semesters.

Students studying part-time do not take the Planning: Nature, Purpose and Instruments module in Year 1.

Spring Semester

During the Spring semester, students must complete the following core modules:


Skills Acquired

Career Prospects

Completing the 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).

Our Alumni collectively represent the variety of potential careers and jobs that our current (and future) students may embark on.

Entry Requirements

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.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.


Cardiff's School of Geography and Planning is able to offer a reduction in tuition fees of £500 (or £250 reduction in each year of a part-time course) to all Cardiff University alumni.

For other funding opportunities available through the School, please visit their Tuition Fees and Funding webpage.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Tuition fees to be confirmed on 30 November 2015.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Huw Thomas  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74463 

Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74845 


School Website:

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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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