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 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)29 2087 0084