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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 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.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Huw Thomas  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74463 

Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74845 


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