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De Montfort University: Architectural Practice

Institution De Montfort University
Department Arts, Design and Humanities View department profile
Telephone 0116 250 6070
Study type Taught


The Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice at the Leicester School of Architecture – one of the oldest schools of architecture in the UK – prepares you for registration and chartership.

You will reflect on the evolution of the professional architect, relevant legislation and alternative approaches to practice and management. The course will develop your professional acumen in business organisation, management and commerce, advocacy, ethics and marketing, contracts and interpersonal skills.

The course offers a flexible learning programme comprising three study units, each lasting three days, typically running from October to October.  Study units cover the following topics:

Marketing, Management and Practice, covering the skills and knowledge needed to understand the set-up, professional and economic management, and marketing of professional architectural practice in various forms.

Building Contracts, covering the range of common building contracts, their application and the contractual relationships between contracted parties.

Architect and the Law, covering legislation affecting contract law, planning and development, and the wider regulations related to architecture and the building industry.

Key features: * Successful candidates gain eligibility to join the register at the Architects’ Registration Board (ARB) and chartered membership with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

  • The  long-standing Leicester School of Architecture is one of the  oldest architectural schools in the UK.  Our approach draws on years of experience to challenge conventions and redefine the future of the architectural practice.

  • Learn the key aspects of the role of the architect such as setting up, marketing and managing a practice, and gain an understanding of legislation and contracts related to the building industry.

  • Learn from established practitioners, academics and consultants, who will  ensure you are responding to contemporary, real-world issues grounded in theory and practice.

  • Our award-winning  Vijay Patel building  has been designed to provide the space and facilities where  all of  our art and design students can develop their ideas and flourish.

Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

De Montfort University
Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities


The Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities brings together leading research, award-winning work, and innovation in the university's many creative disciplines. We offer a range of postgraduate courses that are designed with employability in mind, ensuring you gain the skills and experience required by, and relevant in industry today.

Art and Design
Our art and design courses deliver an advanced enquiry-led education, designed to prepare and challenge for a globalised creative world. All of our courses are project-based and centred around the studio, where you will learn through collaborative and personalised …

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