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Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9004/9018

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£19,500 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Studentships:
www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainableheritage/ecclesiastical_studentships

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc

Designed for a new generation of heritage leaders, this programme provides the interdisciplinary skills needed to deliver the heritage programmes and projects of the future. The programme combines aspects of cultural heritage - historic buildings, collections, sites and landscapes - with the best preventive conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students are encouraged to take a long view of preservation, and challenged to define problems, set objectives and explore a range of sustainability issues and strategies. Concepts of value, sustainability, life expectancy, stewardship, ownership, vulnerability and risk are interwoven with the scientific study of historic materials, assemblies, technologies and systems.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.

Students on this programme benefit from: international, interdisciplinary teachers who are leading professionals in their field; real-life heritage case studies as the basis for discussing complex and demanding issues; public stewards and private owners of heritage in order to learn from practice; leading heritage stakeholders; a fully funded study visit in Malta; project placement opportunities with leading international heritage organisations.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits), a research report (60 credits) and an optional project placement (not credit bearing).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Sustainability and Heritage Value
  • Heritage Materials and Assemblies
  • Sustainable Strategies
  • Project Planning, Management and Maintenance

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught using a variety of media and strategies including problem-based and case-based learning, discussion groups, project work, exercises, coursework and reports. A two-week study visit in Malta is an integral part of the syllabus. Assessment is through written assignments, oral examination and the 10,000-word dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is corporate membership of one of the following UK professional institutions: the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE); the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB); the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE); the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

A third acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level.

For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Students will usually have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, geography, surveying, conservation, economics, science, archaeology, or museum and heritage studies. The programme offers the opportunity to study with a range of disciplines and to develop values, knowledge, and skills that mesh subjects as diverse as ethics, science and management.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study the Built Environment at graduate level
  • why you want to study the Built Environment at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • evidence that you are able to work as part of a team
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Most graduates are expected to assume responsibility for directing major projects within museums, libraries, archives, or organisations responsible for historic buildings and archaeological sites; or as a part of interdisciplinary architectural, engineering or project management practices. Additional career enhancement may be achieved using the MSc as a foundation for PhD research.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Wilma Bouwmeester Collection Care: Collection Care Consultant
  • UCL Grant Museum of Zoology: Learning Assistant
  • The National Trust: Consultant
  • UNESCO: Chief of Section
  • The National Trust: Regional Building Manager
  • Convoy Architects: Manager
  • Atkins: Senior Heritage Consultant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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