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Programme Background

Conservation of historic buildings and structures presents many challenges to professionals working in this specialist field, from identifying cultural significance, through to understanding the technical performance of historic buildings and the materials they use. Increasingly, conservation practitioners have to understand the environmental impact of historic structures and energy use in buildings. This relies on the sensitive design and integration of modern building services.

The Building Conservation (Technology and Management) programme is a combination of social, historic, philosophical, technical and legislative processes and has been specifically designed to encapsulate these core areas. Delivered only by Independent Distance Learning (IDL) this programme is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.

Professional Recognition

The MSc programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The MSc also has full accreditation from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). This means that students who successfully complete the programme need only two years of professional experience to apply for full accredited membership.

Programme Content

The programme structure follows the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ (ICOMOS) education and training guidelines. It is also closely aligned with the recently introduced accreditation schemes for building conservation within the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB). The programme consists of seven mandatory courses as well as one optional course.

Mandatory Courses

· Conservation Philosophy and Practice
· History of the Built Environment
· Building and Contextual Investigation
· Services and Technology for Conservation
· Applied Building Pathology
· Materials and Structures for Conservation
· People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment

Optional Courses

· Contracts and Procurement
· Project Management Theory and Practice

Visit the MSc/Dip Building Conservation (Technology and Management) - distance learning only page on the Heriot-Watt University website for more details!

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