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PG Dip Professional Practice and Management in Architecture

PG Dip 1 year Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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This programme incorporates the architectural professional practice employed in the management of the design process and construction of projects.

The programme is designed to enable you to develop your awareness, knowledge, understanding and skills in the professional practice and management of architecture. You will have the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of your obligations and responsibilities as a professional to clients, the profession and society at large.

This qualification is developed in accordance with the Professional Criteria requirements of the Architects Registration Board and the Royal Institute of British Architects for the Part 3 Professional Practice and Management examination in Architecture. It incorporates the architectural professional practice employed in the management of the design process and construction of projects.

Successful completion of this programme of study will enable you to apply to the Architects Registration Board (ARB) for inclusion on the Register of Architects.


This professional programme is prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

How You Study

This programme of study relies on the combination of taught and professional experience related modules which aim to develop students' knowledge, understanding, ability and skills in the Professional Practice and Management of Architecture.

The Postgraduate Certificate Stage taught modules are delivered in the form of workshops which comprise a mixture of formal lectures and seminars, which are designed to develop and reinforce theory by placing this in a professional and practical context.

Students are expected to undertake their own independent study and research in order to expand their knowledge and understanding of the subject and are encouraged to discuss problems they encounter in the work place.

Postgraduate Diploma Stage modules are undertaken in the work place simultaneously with the Postgraduate Certificate Stage taught modules. Students are required to be in full-time employment typically within an appropriate UK based design practice (or similar) under the direction of a UK “Registered Architect”, who acts as an “Employment Mentor”.

The aim is for this mentor to assist the student in gaining appropriate professional experience through involvement in “real world” business activities and project management throughout all stages of the project life-cycle.

Contact and Independent Study

Due to the nature of this programme weekly contact hours and the expected level of independent study will vary. For more detailed, programme specific information, please contact the programme leader:

Philip Hyde: 83 7146

How You Are Assessed

Assessment on this programme is through a combination of written examinations, case studies and a portfolio.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Parts 1 and 2.

Key Contacts

Philip Hyde
+44 (0)1522 837146

+44 (0)1522 837437

Master's Level

Case Study (Core)

This module provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate by means of a case study, an ability to critically analyse the processes and procedures used on a project with which they have been personally involved from project inception through to completion. Additionally, evidence of their personal involvement must be clearly documented in the Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR Logbook).

Post-Contract Studies (Core)

The construction phase of a project sees the culmination of the pre-construction design and contractor selection process and leads to the implementation stage of the project life-cycle, when the initial abstract and conceptual design ideas can become a reality.

This module consequently deals with the preparations needed to enable the construction team to commence on site and the contract/project administration processes and procedures necessary to enable the parties to fulfil their contractual obligations. However, not all contracts will run entirely smoothly and consideration must be given to contract claims and any consequential dispute resolution procedures.

Finally this module will consider those professional services which can be offered following practical completion of a project, such as the initial occupation/facilities management of a completed development and post occupancy and buildings in use studies which can help to determine how successful a project is at achieving its initial aims and objectives.

Pre-Contract Studies (Core)

This module addresses the following areas:

Following satisfactory completion of project appraisal and design brief, the design team needs to develop a coherent and effective project brief, in order to produce sensible and realistic design proposals and therefore realise the client’s objectives and expectations. At the same time, such proposals must be fully compliant with all necessary legislative and regulatory requirements.

As equally important as the design itself is, there is a need to generate appropriate detailed production information and tender documentation for the type and scale of the project in order to ensure a suitable contractor with the necessary experience and capabilities is appointed to construct the development. All in accordance with the time, quality and cost constraints imposed by the client and the design team.

Professional Experience and Development Stage 2 (Core)

The Professional Interview Examination is the culmination of the Stage 2 period of Professional Experience and Development. This provides the candidate with the opportunity to build upon their Stage 1 period of professional experience and further demonstrate their ability to critically analyse their professional experience and development. As in the Stage 1 period of professional experience, this is achieved by means of the continued use of the RIBA Professional Experience and Development Record (PEDR Logbook).

Professional Practice and Management (Core)

In today’s constantly changing and highly volatile competitive business environment, if a design practice is to survive, it is essential that Project Managers have a thorough understanding of the construction industry and the value of its contribution to the UK economy.

A design practice can no longer rely upon designing interesting buildings alone, but must do this in an efficient and effective manner. This can only be achieved by being fully conversant with contemporary business management strategies, how organisations behave, an understanding of project management, all of which must be undertaken in compliance with current legislation, regulations and codes of conduct within both the UK and European context. This module seeks to address these issues.

Project Inception (Core)

This module will consider in greater detail the professional issues relating to the provision of a design team’s professional services and the need to have in place a written agreement defining the scope of work, the extent of the professional services to be provided, and the basis of the professional fees to be charged prior to the commencement of any project work.

If a design team is to realise a client’s aspirations for a proposed construction development, it is absolutely imperative that they undertake a comprehensive appraisal of the project and establish a workable and achievable design brief. This module has been designed to recognise that the boundaries between the project appraisal and the more strategic design briefing stages of a project overlap. Hence, these two stages contain certain combined elements of a sensible project proposal which ensure continuity of project development.

Career and Personal Development

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to apply to the Architects Registration Board for inclusion on the Register of Architects.

Careers Services

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2018/19 Entry*
Home/EU £1,670
International £3,656

* Academic year September- July


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.