MSc Sustainable Building Conservation
Accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and approved by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), this distinctive masters qualification addresses current challenges and concerns recognised worldwide and emphasises the role of sustainability within a historic context.
- IHBC accredited and a RIBA recognised masters degree.
- Focuses new career paths by enabling students to develop expertise with regard to energy conservation and the sustainable use of materials in the context of historic buildings.
- Contributions from many invited experts from practice, industry and academia, numerous field trips to live sites and a three -day intensive tour in the fourth module.
- Offered on both a full-time and a part-time basis and attracts students from a broad range of backgrounds who benefit from the opportunity to exchange and build their expertise.
- The taught modules are all delivered over two-day sessions enabling part-time candidates who are employed or in practice to participate.
- Part-time students will complete three modules (i.e. 60 credits) in the first year and two modules in the second year. They will be given until the following December to submit their dissertation.
Accreditation and professional progression
As an IHBC accredited course, it will enable suitably qualified candidates to achieve full IHBC accreditation in two years as opposed to five years. Completion of the RIBA approved course for RIBA and Architects Registration Board (ARB) registered Architects will entitle you to become “Conservation Registrants” immediately. For ARB/RIBA registered architects, it reduces the number of years in practice required to be entitled “Specialist Conservation Architect” to four years (from five) and two years (from three) for “Conservation Architect”.
The course validation for both the IHBC accreditation and the RIBA recognition is based on its alignment with International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) education criteria. As such, international students should be able to claim similar professional acknowledgement in their home countries.
- Broaden your career opportunities by enabling you to gain expertise in conservation leading towards professional accreditation.
- Augment your current expertise by developing skills to assert detailed and strategic responses to complex issues regarding building conservation in the context of a sustainable agenda.
- Ensure you possess the requisite knowledge but also to know where to refer for advice in order to take responsibility when making reasoned decisions in relation to multifaceted conservation issues.
- Enable you to use project-based case studies in order to develop a clear understanding of relevant legislative frameworks.
- Enable you to develop autonomous judgments of appropriateness regarding responses to the historic built environment.
How to apply
For more information on course content, structure, fees and how to apply, please visit our MSc Sustainable Building Conservation course information page.
Important calendar dates 2020-21
|Enrolment and School induction||Week commencing 23 September 2019|
|Course induction||27 September 2019|
|ART501: The conservator’s role (Full-time and part-time Year 1)||10-11 October and 7-8 November 2019|
|ART502: Tools of interpretation (Full-time and part-time Year 1)||28-29 November 2019 and 16-17 January 2020|
|ART503: Energy use in historic buildings (Full-time and part-time Year 1)||6-7 February and 20-21 February 2020|
|ART504: Case studies and regional work (Full-time and part-time Year 2)||24-25 October 2019 and 14-15 November 2019|
|Study trip||27-31 January and 19-20 March 2020|
|ART505: Design tools: Methods of repair (Full-time and part-time Year 2)||5-6 December 2019 and 9-10 January 2020|
|ART506: Dissertation (Full-time and part-time Year 2)||26-27 March 2020|
What our students say
Former students include architects, surveyors, project managers, conservation contractors, archaeologists, planners, historians, academics, conservation officers, engineers, building managers, developers and other related built environment professionals.
For their dissertations, three of our graduates have won the IHBC Gus Astley award and one has also been a student scholar at the North America based Association for Preservation Technology International.
Our graduates have gone on to:
- transform their professional practices
- win funded PhD studentships
- take up senior management roles in government heritage agencies in three continents
- be specialist advisors in the Planning Inspectorate
- adopt senior roles in numerous local authorities and NGOs including the National Trust.
Deputy Course Leader
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