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Sustainable Building Conservation MSc

Sustainable Building Conservation MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Building Conservation Sustainability

Course type


Course Summary

This Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) approved and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) accredited course aims to be unique amongst schools in Britain.

The teaching offers a design-based iterative element, thereby testing the formulation of informed decisions.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



A core set of tools understood through an approach to materials will be applied to the repair and conservation of a sequence of building typologies which will rotate annually providing variety to people taking the module as part of an RIBA, IHBC or RICS CPD programme. Approaches to the repair of building types will be taken to address different building elements and methods of construction viewed under varying constraints. The teaching method will be iterative and studio based to encourage discourse and experimentation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Candidates must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements and in addition, will normally possess an initial degree in the disciplines of Architecture, Surveying, Archaeology, Planning, Conservation, Heritage, History, Engineering, Civil Engineering, Interior Design, Facilities Management, or other 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. Students typically come from a range of professional backgrounds as well as directly from first degrees and therefore have varied qualifications and careers to date. Many are mature students with extensive experience and as such eligibility is assessed on a case by case basis. Students whose first language is not English are normally expected to take the IELTS (or equivalent) and obtain an average score of at least 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any individual component. Potential students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Admissions decisions are made on a continuous basis throughout the year. Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service.