Taught course

Sustainable Building Conservation

Cardiff University · Welsh School of Architecture

Entry requirements

Candidates must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements and in addition, will normally possess an initial degree in the discipline of Architecture, Surveying, Archaeology, Planning, Facilities Management, or 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 provided the candidate has held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility relevant to the programme. Students whose first language is not English are normally expected to take the IELTS (or equivalent) and obtain an average score of at least 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in any individual component. Students are anticipated to come from Architectural, Planning or Surveying backgrounds as well as wider related fields of Facilities Management and Project Management and may have varied qualifications or experience. It is anticipated that many will be mature students and as such eligibility will be assessed on a case by case basis. Deadline for applications: 20 September each year. Potential students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Admissions decisions are made on a continuous basis throughout the year.

Months of entry


Course content

Beyond offering an RIBA approved and IHBC accredited masters degree, the Welsh School of Architecture’s MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation focuses new career paths by enabling students to develop expertise with regard to energy conservation and the sustainable use of materials in the context of historic buildings. Taught elements take place across six two-day sessions (Friday-Saturday) per year offering a two year part time option to students who may be employed or in full time practice. Full time students attend twelve of these sessions and complete the course in one year. The course is held in the School of Architecture within the Cathays Park campus at Cardiff.

The course aims to be unique amongst schools in Britain in two ways; firstly the teaching offers a design-based iterative element, thereby testing the formulation of informed decisions. Secondly, It places emphasis on the role of sustainability within the historic context at both technical and strategic levels. By using the Welsh School of Architecture’s established expertise as a research locus for sustainable design, it addresses these concerns which have been identified internationally by ICOMOS as the critical future direction of conservation education.

Full details of this programme, including special features, entry requirements, skills acquired and career prospects, can be found on our website: http://courses.cardiff.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/detail/p368.html

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Ms Susan Morgans
+44 (0)29 2087 0922
+44 (0)29 2087 4623