|Full time||1 year||At least two full days per week for contact teaching||September 2015|
|Part time||2 years||To be confirmed||September 2015|
This course enables you to become a professional within the specialist field of historic building conservation. The school is ideally located to benefit from the rich and varied historic environment of the arcadian Thames, with ready access to a range of vernacular and traditional built forms, yet within close proximity to central London.
The course team places great emphasis on using these resources to illustrate and inform elements of the programme and to provide the basis for project work. We maintain contact with past and ongoing works at Historic Royal Palaces, together with several national and local heritage organisations and practitioners.
The course is designed to balance strategic analysis with a good working knowledge of core techniques. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to extend your current practice and/or gain knowledge and expertise in new areas. You will work with a range of professionals and specialists to broaden your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. A week-long field trip to a European city will provide the opportunity to further develop your technical knowledge and embed it within a practice scenario.
Essays, reports, seminars, workshops, group field trip, project work, presentations, dissertation.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
This module covers the different types and uses of surveying equipment used on building surveys and enables students to record the nature and condition of historic buildings. It also includes the analysis of building materials and soil investigation and structural failure in historic buildings at both sub and superstructure level. The module will also investigate the causes of building materials' failure and appropriate methods of conservation.
The study of building defects and pathology aims to develop in students the ability to recognise causes of obsolescence and dilapidations in buildings and to prepare schedules of condition and dilapidations. It also develops in students an understanding of the need for building management and maintenance together with the skills and knowledge to prepare effective plans.
The module aims to provide students with a deep and critical knowledge of the law, policy and regulation frameworks that apply to listed and heritage buildings, both within the UK and in a European context. In particular the module covers law relating to the protection and alteration of buildings, including the design of contiguous new builds and to conservation and heritage areas.
The module also introduces students to economic principles insofar as they apply to the historic environment and considers the case for protection and conservation and the economic instruments used in the private and public sector to make decisions relating to conservation of the built environment. Assessment is through coursework.
This module introduces students to the ways in which historic building design relates to the historic environment within which it is set, and how these environments have evolved over time and continue evolving to this day. In addition to examining the architectural context, the module will also examine the social, economic and environmental issues which have resulted in today's urban, suburban and rural landscapes, and how government policy can effect change to these landscapes for urban and economic renewal.
The module is taught by a series of lectures, seminars and tutorials and students will be expected to take an active part in class and site activities, applying their knowledge to worked examples within the tutorial format. Assessment will comprise two individual and one group piece of coursework.
This module gives you a sound grounding in the research principles and methodologies that are commonly used within the built environment. Throughout a series of lectures and seminars, supported by tutorials and exercises, you will be encouraged to:
By the end of the module you will be able to design and initiate a significant individual piece of research. The module will be assessed using a literature review and a research project design.
This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a piece of original work that will act as the 'capstone' project for your studies. By investigating an area that particularly interests you, you will develop a theoretically-informed body of work that integrates theory and practice. This could be a dissertation, a practice project, design or experiment-based project depending on the rest of your programme. The module is supported by a series of lectures and individual tutorials. After you have submitted your project, you will present and defend your findings in open forum at a Masters Students Conference, giving you a chance to practice the skills you will need in your professional work. Assessment is by the main submission and the oral presentation and defence.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.