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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£11,125 (FT)
Overseas:
£20,700 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Flexible/Modular:
5 September 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

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.

Employability

The programme, which is accredited by RICS, gives you an internationally recognised qualification from a world-leading university that improves your education, enhancing the skills and expertise needed to contribute to heritage projects at a high level.

You will be given the opportunity to undertake a placement at a leading heritage organisation or practice during the course.

You will be a member of an extensive Alumni network of professionals who have studied on the course in the past and are currently leaders in the field.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 105 staff › 304 taught students › 113 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31
Flexible/Modular
2015-09-05

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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