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Architectural Conservation MA


Course Description

This programme consists of two elements. The taught modules aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to undertake the conservation of buildings and places, while the dissertation gives you the opportunity for independent study leading to the MA award.

Programme Structure

There are seven key objectives to the taught modules:
•to enhance your understanding of the legislative and management framework related to architectural conservation
•to develop your understanding of the philosophies and attitudes underpinning conservation
•to further your skills in observing, recording, analysis, understanding and evaluation of historic buildings and places so that your knowledge of, and sensitivity towards the built environment, particularly in the South West
•to emphasise conservation as a design activity and hone your skills in better judging the nature of intervention, and to increase design awareness of the appropriate professionals
•to extend your knowledge of techniques for care, repair retro-fitting
•to uncover the role of the many experts and specialists in the field of conservation, and
•to prepare you for professional accreditation in architectural conservation.
The MA stage has four key objectives:
•to provide you with the opportunity to pursue a topic of your choice in depth
•to deepen your understanding of the research process via a research project
•to generate research-based knowledge of relevance to architectural conservation, policy and practice within work settings and/or wider community, and
•to develop the skills enabling you to take leadership roles in relation to research and practice.

Programme content

•Evaluation of historic buildings
•Attitudes and philosophies of conservation
•Conservation techniques
•Framework of conservation
•Care and repair of cob buildings
•Care of ecclesiastic buildings
•Historic buildings interiors
•Conservation areas
•15,000 – 20,000-word dissertation

Special features

Taught modules can be taken as short courses by post-experience students. These may fulfil CPD requirements of several built environment-related professions in preparation for accreditation.

Visit the Architectural Conservation MA page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Degree or equivalent, or professional qualification: architect/surveyor/engineer/planner. A lower qualification with experience may be accepted. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. MA dissertation only: PgDip Architectural Conservation or equivalent.

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