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MArchSc Conservation & Heritage


Course Description

There is growing awareness of the cultural, social, economic and environmental importance of conserving the built heritage of urban and rural areas, and with it the development of a related legislative environment. Practitioners with the specialist knowledge and skills to maintain and manage the wide range of buildings that form the material culture of society are in ever greater demand. The Masters of Architectural Science (Conservation and Heritage) provides the opportunity to work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment, within which students will acquire advanced skills in analysis, critique and problem solving in conservation and heritage relevant to current debates and challenges both in Ireland and globally. They will also learn to critically appreciate the decision-making process surrounding architectural and landscape conservation and heritage both nationally and internationally and contribute to the way that the designed environment is perceived, designed, planned, protected and developed. As part of this programme of study students will undertake dissertations and will be supported through a combination of lectures, design studies, workshops, seminars and field-work.
The programme is a 12 month taught masters and part of an integrated programme of masters education in the UCD School of Architecture and rooted in the proven research strengths of the School, namely Conservation, Sustainable Building Design & Performance, and Urban Design. It provides the student with expert and specialised training as part of a wider and interdisciplinary environment.

Who is the MArchSc Conservation and Heritage for?
The one-year full-time programme is aimed at both recent graduates and professionals alike from disciplines such as architecture and architectural technology, landscape architecture, engineering, planning, archaeology, art history, geography and other cognate disciplines.

What will I learn?
In this programme you will learn to:
* Work creatively in an interdisciplinary environment
* Demonstrate advanced theoretical and conceptual knowledge in the conservation and heritage within the wider context of the taught masters programme.
* Understand and participate in current debates within the conservation and heritage strand of the taught masters programme
* Demonstrate an advanced ability to apply concepts and theoretical knowledge to current problems affecting one the field of conservation and heritage both in Ireland and globally

Students are strongly encouraged to formulate their own dissertation topics and will be supported through a combination of lectures, design studies, workshops & seminars, and field-work.

What is the programme about?
This programme is about forming the minds of those who will make the designed environment in the future. The focus is on developing a student’s skills in the analysis, critique and management of conservation and heritage projects. The decision-making processes surrounding architectural and landscape conservation and heritage, at both national and international levels, will also be investigated and critiqued.

Programme Highlights
* The programme believes that the best postgraduate education takes place in an interdisciplinary environment.
* All disciplines are involved in designing, planning, making and protecting the designed environment will share core modules in the same lecture space and design studio.
* Students in Conservation and Heritage will be educated by the leading researchers and practitioners in the Europe, and be exposed to contemporary theoretical, technical and legislative issues.
* Students will be encouraged to work across disciplines to question what has happened to make the environment the way it is and how this could be improved in the future.
* Students will also participate in the creative context of the UCD School of Architecture, where many changing exhibitions, guest lectures and research seminars enhance the postgraduate experience.

Career Opportunities
This programme is about forming the minds of those who will make the designed environment in the future. Graduates will have advanced skills in analysis, critique and problem solving of conservation and heritage areas, and will be able to critically appreciate the decision-making process surrounding architectural and landscape conservation and heritage both nationally and internationally.
Those with advanced qualifications in this field will have a distinct advantage in securing roles in defining the future of the built environment. Past students in the course’s connected programmes have gone on to become international or national experts in their selected fields. Many of these students have changed the way that the designed environment is perceived, designed, planned, protected and developed.

Please state your Country of Citizenship when applying via email.

Entry Requirements

The programme is for all graduates of disciplines engaged in designing, managing, evaluating and legislating for the care and development of the designed environment. In addition to the online application, to complete your application to the MArchSc Integrated Programme we require the following information:1. Academic Transcript(s)2. Curriculum Vitae3. 300-400 Statement of Research Interest 4. Two letters of recommendation, of which at least one must be academic while the other can be academic or professionalThese documents should be provided as PDFs.

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