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  • Entry requirements
    Compulsory Requirements A good honours degree from a Part 1 Architectural programme and post-graduation experience in a relevant field.
  • Academic Title
    Professional Diploma in Architecture (Diploma)
  • Course description

    This programme is prescribed by the ARB at part II level, and is a "candidate course" for validation by the RIBA.

    The course develops the knowledge, understanding and skills of the architectural graduate, and acknowledges learning during the period of practical training, assuming that the student will be self-motivated, and have the desire to develop special areas of expertise. As a significant number of modules are at level 7 (postgraduate), the development of independent learning and advanced skills in the analysis, synthesis and evaluation of complex issues are fundamental to the programme philosophy.

    The programme develops an understanding and ability in complex design issues, underpinned by studies in theory and urban design, technology and environment, communication and management practice and law. It develops the approach of the degree in Architectural Design and Management in the School, by making an understanding of context and management of the design process a key part of project work. There is also the opportunity for the graduate student to draw on the expertise of the wider School of the Built Environment in the development of a specialism.

    Students are encouraged to maintain links with practice, and develop an appropriate dialogue in gathering and developing material for projects and assignments. It may be possible to develop specialisms further through additional study leading to an MA in Architecture.

    Year 1 Modules

    BE0989 Advanced Technologies (, 20 Credits)

    BE0990 Cultural Context (, 20 Credits)

    BE0992 Design Project 1: Enquiry (, 20 Credits)

    BE0994 Practice Management and Law (, 20 Credits)

    BE1097 Communications and Reasearch (, 10 Credits)

    BE1115 Design Project 2 - Realisation (, 30 Credits)
    Year 2 Modules

    BE0995 Design Project 3 - Analysis and Proposal (, 40 Credits)

    BE0996 Design Project 4 - Realisation (, 40 Credits)

    BE0997 Student Selected Investigation (, 30 Credits)

    BE1098 Environmental and Sustainable Design (, 10 Credits)


    The modules are evolved around student-centred learning strategies. They are predominantly project- or assignment-based and rely on experiential learning. Lecture programmes are supported where possible by field study visits to sites, buildings under construction, and completed buildings and urban environments. Students are encouraged to make extensive use of design studios, workshops, and computing laboratories to develop knowledge, skills, techniques and understanding. The interaction of the student body in this respect is regarded as a critically important factor in the learning process.

    Assessment is by design project portfolio and assignment.

    This school is involved in discussions with an existing Part II programme to enable progression to full registration.

    The School intends to develop an MA in Architecture; diplomates will be allowed advanced entry, and will be able to submit a dissertation to satisfy the requirements of the MA.

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