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Historic Building Conservation MSc


Course Description

Choose Kingston's Historic Building Conservation MSc

This course enables you to become a professional within the specialist field of historic building conservation. London is rich in its collection of historic buildings, and the course team places great emphasis on using these to illustrate and inform elements of the course. In particular, past and ongoing works at the Historic Royal Palaces, together with several national and local heritage organisations and practitioners, are used as the basis for project work.

Key features

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and on successful completion graduates will be able to register for the RICS final assessment programme. The course is also recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

The course team works closely with a variety of different organisations, including Historic Royal Palaces, building preservation trusts, Historic England, specialist practitioners, craftsmen and contractors.

The course is consciously interdisciplinary and international. Current and former students include archaeologists, architects, architectural technologists, chartered surveyors, craftsmen, engineers, and project and construction managers.

The course provides opportunities to work alongside other postgraduates in the Faculty and the wider university, including those studying architecture, landscape architecture and building surveying.

What will you study?

The course is designed to balance strategic analysis with a good working knowledge of core techniques. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to extend your current practice and/or gain knowledge and expertise in new areas. You will work with a range of professionals and specialists to broaden your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. A week-long field trip to a European city will provide the opportunity to further develop your technical knowledge and embed it within a practice scenario.

Assessment

Essays, reports, seminars, workshops, group field trip, project work, presentations, and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Modules

Analysing and Condition of Historic Buildings
Defects and Pathology, Repair and Renewal
Legislation and Economics for Historic Buildings
Regeneration and Conservation of Historic Environments
Research Principles and Application
Research Project

What this course offers you

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and on successful completion graduates will be able to register for the RICS final assessment programme (APC). The course is also recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), offering routes from a wide range disciplines.

The course team works closely with a variety of external organisations. These include Historic Royal Palaces, building preservation trusts, Historic England, specialist practitioners, craftsmen and contractors.

The course is consciously interdisciplinary and international. Current and former students include, archaeologists, architects, architectural technologists, chartered surveyors, craftsmen, engineers and project and construction managers.

The course provides opportunities to work alongside other postgraduates in the faculty and the wider university, including those studying Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Building Surveying.

Graduates are employed in a range of different roles including international, non-governmental organisations, national and regional charitable trusts, private consultancy, professional firms and specialist contractors.

The programme is offered in both full and part-time modes and the course team particularly welcomes applications from those already working within the heritage and conservation sectors, construction professions, building crafts and the wider construction industry. Applications will also be considered from graduates with non-cognate first degrees but who are looking for a career change and are currently employed or actively engaged in heritage and/or conservation.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Historic Building Conservation MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2:1 or 1st class degree. This can be in any discipline, although a related subject is an advantage. Some experience of working in the industry would also be useful.

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