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Cardiff University

Sustainable Building Conservation

Cathays Park Campus
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Rank: 30 (The Complete University Guide)

Location: Cathays Park Campus

Website: www.cardiff.ac.uk

Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months


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30

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33

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Description

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Accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), this distinctive masters' qualification addresses current challenges recognised worldwide.We place emphasis on the role of sustainability within the historic context at both technical and strategic levels. By using our established expertise as a research locus for sustainable design, the course addresses these concerns, which have been identified internationally by the International Council on Monuments and Sites UK (ICOMOS), as the critical future direction of conservation education.The course is offered on both a full time and a part time basis and attracts students from a broad range of backgrounds who benefit from the opportunity to exchange and build their expertise.Who is the programme for?It is designed for graduates who want to pursue a career in this area and whose first degree was in a related area such as Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Archaeology, Surveying or Construction. It is also open to people who may have equivalent experience in the construction industry or in heritage management.Former students have come from backgrounds including Architecture, Planning, Surveying, Project Management, Construction, History, Archaeology and Fine Art Conservation. Many are employed in Local Authorities or Private Practice; some run their own businesses as conservation contractors, project managers or architects. We also have students who are recent graduates. The diversity of skills and experience amongst the students is key to the vitality of discussion, reflecting the complex nature of practice in this area.In summary, the course aims to:

  • Broaden your career opportunities by enabling you to gain expertise in conservation leading towards professional accreditation.
  • Augment your current expertise by developing skills to assert detailed and strategic responses to complex issues regarding building conservation in the context of a sustainable agenda.
  • Ensure you 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.
  • Enable you to use project-based case studies in order to develop a clear understanding of relevant legislative frameworks.
  • Enable you to develop autonomous judgments of appropriateness regarding responses to the historic built environment.
Distinctive featuresAs an IHBC accredited course, the course enables suitably qualified candidates to achieve full IHBC accreditation in 2 as opposed to 5 years. Completion of the course for RIBA and ARB-registered Architects entitles them to become “Conservation Registrants” immediately. For ARB/RIBA registered architects, it reduces the number of years in practice required to be entitled “Specialist Conservation Architect” to 4 years (from 5) and 2 years (from 3) for “Conservation Architect”.The course validation for the IHBC accreditation is based on its alignment with International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) education criteria. As such, international students should be able to claim similar professional acknowledgement in their home countries.Beyond offering an IHBC accredited Masters degree, the course creates 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.The teaching includes contributions from many invited experts from practice, industry and academia, numerous field trips to live sites and a three-day intensive tour in the fourth module.

Requirements

Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/sustainable-building-conservation-msc or https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/sustainable-building-conservation-msc-part-time

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5


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About this university

International students

There is plenty of help and advice on offer to students who are travelling from outside the UK to study in Cardiff. This includes information on immigration and visas, with the main website having advice for each individual country. There is also help regarding fees and funding and even how to apply for the university. Once students are committing to attending, there is help to prepare for their time in Cardiff as well as assistance once they arrive. There is also an International Student Support service dedicated to the welfare of students travelling from abroad. They can help with matters such as getting into employment, changing studies and for those bringing families with them. Cardiff University Students Union is the representative of the student body as well as being in charge of the various organisations and clubs on offer. Their building is found near the Cathays railway station and the union also operates a nightclub, radio station and student newspaper. Other services provided include cafes, bars and shops. There are some 150 clubs and societies to get involved with outside the classroom. All offer everything from complete beginners to experienced levels and range from debating societies, volunteering opportunities to student media and other arts. In the sports arena, there are some 60 competitive and non-competitive sports clubs, most of whom take part in the BUCS leagues.

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