Postgraduate Course


Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice

Accredited by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) for the purposes of registration as an architect in Ireland, the Dublin School of Architecture offers the Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice Award.

This one year part-time programme of study is undertaken after the successful completion of an Irish BArch/March Degree (or similar accredited overseas award, confirmed through the RIAI). Successful candidates will be able to obtain statutory registered status with the RIAI to practice as an Architect in Ireland. Under the terms of the Building Control Act 2007 and the underlying European Legislation, EU Directive 2005/36/EC, the passing of the RIAI recognised qualification allows for the establishment as an architect (subject to statutory provisions) in a member state of the European Union.

The programme aims to equip each student, through an education which is defined by its well-supported hands-on approach, with the knowledge, ability and judgement needed to perform his or her professional duties as an architect and to understand how a practice is managed for this purpose.

The programme of study is defined by the scope and regulatory requirements laid out by the RIAI and current best-practice, as well as anticipating future developments.

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: case study, reflective career evaluation, group work, assignments, online and interactive scenarios as well the final oral presentation.


Closing date for Part 1 of the programme (Taught and CPD modules) is 30 April 2019.
Application form is at the top right hand side of this page. 

Case Study Module:
completion May 2020: Apply Now
Applicants applying for the Case Study Module must have completed Part 1 of the programme.

  • At a glance
  • Professional Diploma
  • Duration 1 Year

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  • Stephen Best
  • 01 402 4076
  • DIT Bolton Street (Linenhall)
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Graduates of the Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice programme will be eligible to register through the RIAI as a professional who is entitled to call themselves an Architect.

Graduates of the Professional Diploma in Architectural Practice programme seeking to specialise in aspects of technology may progress to the MSc aBIMM, MSc BP(EED) programmes.

Graduates of the PDAP may choose to complete the DT9100 M Arch programme.

The School has many links with industry and professional organisations including the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), many architectural practices and public sector bodies such as the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Dublin City Council (DCC).