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University of Bath

Conservation of Historic Buildings MSc units

Details of the units you'll study on this master's course, starting September 2020, including synopsis, number of credits and learning outcomes.

Professional and research skills for the construction industry

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn the essential knowledge and train in a range of professional skills and research techniques for the construction sector.

Learning outcomes

  • Show that you have the knowledge, thinking and skills to work well in professional teams in the construction sector
  • Devise and investigate a theoretical or practical research question relevant to your studies
  • Present your solution to the research question, showing your ability to critically interpret the results

Principles of Construction Project Management

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop the project and construction management understanding needed to work effectively on multidisciplinary construction projects.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the complexities and uncertainties of managing projects in the construction industry
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders at different levels
  • Learn to work within the constraints imposed on construction projects
  • Understand why there might not be a single solution that meets all desired outcomes

Cultures and frameworks for conservation

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Advance your knowledge of conservation philosophy and practice in a global context, including World Heritage Sites, cultural and designed landscapes, and national and international charters and frameworks.

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise key issues in conservation philosophy and practice
  • Understand the complexities of conservation related to cultural heritage worldwide
  • Integrate aspects of conservation philosophy and practice into planning conservation strategies
  • Evaluate and critique current practice and research-led developments in heritage conservation
  • Present findings to a professional standard
  • Develop understanding of national and international legislative and policy frameworks, charters and standards

Materials, construction and skills

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Learn about traditional and innovative building materials, covering issues, application, characteristics and decay. This includes exploring building techniques, skills and tools, sustainability and environmental impact.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the properties of traditional and innovative building materials and how they are used in conservation and repair
  • Know which techniques and materials to use in specific applications
  • Know how to apply skills, techniques and methods
  • Use initiative to recommend materials and technologies to sustain the built environment
  • Analyse and critique complex historic and environmental issues
  • Show self-direction, teamwork and originality in tackling problems
  • Contribute to advancing the field of conservation theory and practice

Structural Conservation

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of structures, construction and structural engineering in conservation practice. These will include assessment and diagnosis of structural failure and repair, challenges and techniques.

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and assess the historical and architectural significance and character of historic structures and cultural heritage
  • Identify failure and defects in the fabric of the building, diagnose their causes, and recommend appropriate remedial works
  • Identify and diagnose intrinsic and extrinsic causes
  • Formulate appropriate responses or actions and present findings to a professional standard
  • Prioritise sustainable solutions in a conservation context
  • Critically evaluate arguments, policies, assumptions and data to come up with a range of solutions to problems

Multidisciplinary project

20 CATS credits (10 ECTS)

Work with students from other construction-related MSc courses to develop a building design. Investigate aspects related to your MSc in depth.

Learning outcomes

  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop the outline design of a building
  • Communicate the outcomes as if to a professional client team
  • Develop an element of the building design in detail, as appropriate for your course

Research dissertation

60 CATS credits (30 ECTS)

Carry out fundamental or applied research in a topic relevant to your studies. You'll be supervised by one of our academic experts and supported by other staff.

Learning outcomes

  • Independently research a topic relevant to your studies
  • Critique your research approach and results
  • Effectively communicate your outcomes