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Sustainable Building Conservation (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Beyond offering an RIBA approved and IHBC accredited masters degree, the Welsh School of Architecture’s MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation 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. Taught elements take place across six two-day sessions (Friday-Saturday) per year offering a two year part time option to students who may be employed or in full time practice. Full time students attend twelve of these sessions and complete the course in one year. The course is held at the Welsh School of Architecture’s MSc Sustainable Building Conservation Base at 2 North Road, Cardiff.

In summary, the course aims to:

• Broaden career opportunities by enabling qualified architects and candidates from other specialist disciplines to gain expertise in conservation leading towards professional accreditation
• Augment students' current expertise and prepare them for critical professional challenges by developing skills to assert detailed and strategic responses to complex issues regarding building conservation in the context of the sustainability agenda
• Ensure students 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
• Use project-based iterative learning techniques using case studies in order to develop a clear understanding of relevant legislative frameworks
• Enable students to develop autonomous judgments of appropriateness regarding responses to the historic built environment

Students are anticipated to come from Architectural, Planning or Surveying backgrounds as well as wider related fields of Facilities Management and Project Management and may have varied qualifications or experience. It is anticipated that many will be mature students and as such eligibility will be assessed on a case by case basis.

The programme is offered on both a full time and a part time basis. The taught modules are all delivered over six friday and saturday sessions per year thereby attracting part time candidates who are employed in full time practice. Part time students will complete modules 1,2,and 3 (i.e. 60 credits) in the first year and modules 4 and 5 in the second year. They will be given until the following December to submit their dissertation module.

Module 1: The Conservator’s Role
Module 2: Tools of interpretation
Module 3: Energy Use in Historic Buildings
Module 4: Case Studies and Regional Work
Module 5: Design Tools: Methods of Repair
Module 6: Dissertation

Visit the Sustainable Building Conservation (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements and in addition, will normally possess an initial degree in the discipline of Architecture, Surveying, Archaeology, Planning, Facilities Management, or related subjects.At the discretion of the Board of Studies, non-graduates whose relative lack of formal qualifications is compensated for by their relevant work experience may also be admitted to candidature provided the candidate has held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme.

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