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  • Objectives
    The programme is made up of taught modules leading to a PgDip, which aim to equip a practitioner with the knowledge and skills to undertake the conservation of buildings/places. This is followed by an MA dissertation; an opportunity for independent study in an area of student"s interest.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements PgDip: degree or equivalent, or professional qualification, eg architect/surveyor/engineer/planner. A lower qualification with experience may be acceptable. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. MA only: PgDip Architectural Conservation or equivalent.
  • Academic Title
    MA Architectural Conservation
  • Course description
    General programme structure

    The PgDip stage has seven key objectives:
     - to enhance the understanding of the legislative framework related to architectural conservation
     - to develop an understanding of the attitudes and philosophies which underpin conservation
     - to further skills in observation, recording, analysis, understanding and evaluation of historic buildings and places so that students become more knowledgeable of, and sensitive towards, the built environment, particularly in the South West
     - to emphasise conservation as a design activity and develop skills to judge better the nature of intervention and to increase design awareness of the appropriate professionals
     - to increase the knowledge of techniques for care and repair
     - to explain the role of the many experts and specialists in the field of conservation
     - to prepare participants for professional accreditation in Architectural Conservation


    The MA stage has four key objectives:
     - to provide an opportunity for students to pursue a topic of their own interest in depth
     - to develop deeper understanding of the research process through a research project
     - to generate research-based knowledge of relevance to: architectural conservation; policy and practice within the work settings and/or the wider community
     - to develop the skills which will enable students to take leadership roles in relation to research and practice in the future

    Detailed programme structure

    PgDip: Evaluation of historic buildings; attitudes and philosophies of conservation; techniques of conservation;  framework of conservation; care and repair of cob buildings; care of ecclesiastical buildings; interiors of historic buildings; conservation areas; conservation of historic gardens.


    MA: 15,000–20,000-word dissertation

    Year 1
    Core
    PRAC503   Dissertation
    ARCH526X   The Techniques of Conservation
    ARCH523X   The Evaluation of Historic Buildings
    ARCH546   The Framework of Conservation
    ARCH544   The Attitudes and Philosophy of Conservation

    Optional
    ARCH545   The Care of Ecclesiastical Buildings
    ARCH543   The Conservation of Historic Gardens
    ARCH547   The Conservation and Repair of Cob Buildings
    ARCH548   The Interiors of Historic Buildings
    ARCH537   Conservation Areas

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