Planning Practice (PgCert)
n/a (Full-time) / 8 months - 3 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
To provide the planning skills and knowledge necessary to supplement appropriate specialist masters degrees in order to satisfy RTPI requirements.
- Available in a part-time mode one or two days a week, allowing students to work almost full-time, but still gain a qualification that can provide access to the UK planning profession.
- The students are taught alongside others doing a professional 'conversion' degree and special assistance is provided to help them manage their work.
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 three modules spread over two semesters, or over three years taking one module per year, one day a week, or an intermediate combination.
The following list relates to the modules for the academic year 2012/13. Please note that these may be subject to change.
- Planning and Real Estate
- Planning: Nature, Purpose and Instruments
- Site Planning, Design and Development
- Spatial Planning
- Transferable skills: report-writing; time management; presentations; analytical skills.
- Professional skills: understanding of the policy process in planning; role of planning law.
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.
The course is suitable for all graduates of the MSc Housing, MSc Transport and Planning, MSc Regeneration Studies, MSc Sustainability, Planning and Environmental Policy, MA Urban Design, and those with similar degrees from other accredited planning schools who did not do an undergraduate spatial planning degree.
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 School of Planning and Geography 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.
The fees below are those before bursaries have been deducted.
UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
per 30 credit module. £720 per 20 credit module.
International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
per 30 credit module. £1578 per 20 credit module.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Huw Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74463
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74845