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 five 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 2015/16. Please note that these may be subject to change.
During the Autumn semester, full-time students must complete the following core modules:
- Site Planning, Design and Development
- Planning: Nature, Purpose and Instruments*
- Planning and Real Estate
* 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.
- 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 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
Name: Dr Huw Thomas
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 74463
Fax: +44 (0)29 208 74845