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MSc Sustainable Heritage

Overview

Our MSc Sustainable Heritage programme introduces you to the latest conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes and collections.

In a fast–changing world, the preservation and protection of our cultural heritage matters more than ever before. Would you like to be one of a new generation of leaders and managers, equipped to safeguard our heritage and inspire innovative uses?

Why choose The Bartlett

We are:

• Located within the UK’s largest multidisciplinary faculty of the built environment, in one of the world’s top universities

• Based in central London, close to world-leading architectural, engineering and creative practices, many of whom are partners

• Host to students from over 40 nations, many of them among the most sought–after in the world for their drive, creativity, and skills

About the programme

The programme, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (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.

The MSc uses an MBA–style block teaching model, allowing time and space for reflection and study. Teaching takes place in business–like small groups, and the initiative for learning lies with the students.

The flexible, modular nature of the programme is intended to support busy professionals interested in furthering their education.

Structure

All MSc and Graduate Diploma students undertake the taught elements of the course. This consists of the four compulsory core modules and an oral examination. MSc students additionally complete the master's dissertation. The course can be taken full time over one year or part time (2-5 years), normally over two years. The flexible, modular nature of the course is intended to support busy professionals interested in furthering their education.

The MSc uses a block teaching model, like an MBA rather than the traditional one or two day per week master's course, with each module structured as follows:

  • Two weeks' advance reading using an online learning environment that you can access through a web browser and traditional literature sources. This can readily be accomplished at a distance.
  • A taught phase where all students come together for two weeks' intensive classroom teaching, study visits and case-study work. This is based at UCL for modules 1, 3 and 4 and in Malta for module 2 (travel from the UK and accommodation expenses are paid for from the course). Most students already have work experience in the heritage or related field, and this enhances the quality of classroom discussion, which is a central feature of the course.
  • A post-module phase of four weeks where the student individually completes an assessed piece of course work that is submitted via the online learning environment. This can be completed in the student's home location.

Modules

BENVGSH1 Sustainability and Heritage Value
Credits: 30
Assessment: Written assignment 
Term 1
Module teaching dates for 2016/17:  10 October to 21 October 2016

BENVGSH2 Heritage Materials and Assemblies
Credits: 30
Assessment: Written assignment
Term 1
Module teaching dates for 2016/17:  21 November to 2 December 2016

BENVGSH3 Sustainable Strategies
Credits: 30
Assessment: Written assignment
Term 2
Module teaching dates for 2016/17:  16 January to 27 January 2017

BENVGSH4 Project Planning, Management and Maintenance
Credits: 30
Assessment: Written assignment and oral examination
Term 2
Module teaching dates for 2016/17:  27 February to 10 March 2017

BENVGBE7 Sustainable Heritage Master's Dissertation
Credits: 60
Assessment: Report/dissertation (10,000 words)
Term 3 and summer vacation

Content

Modules

BENVGSH1 Sustainability and Heritage Value looks at the issues of value and sustainability in the wider context of heritage management practice and theory. The notion of value is becoming mainstream. There is also acceptance of the need to put stewardship of cultural heritage centre stage, that is, to involve communities in decision–making and for practitioners, in turn, to see the relevance of wider societal issues to their work.

This introductory module presents concepts that will become recurring themes throughout the course. These concepts will increasingly inform students' understanding of how they can successfully perform jobs as heritage managers and leaders in a world where access to precious resources — economic, natural, technological and others — is becoming more constrained.

The aim is to provide students with grounding in the theories and philosophies of sustainability, conservation and heritage management, including their underlying values and ethics. Students will engage with issues and ideas relating to sustainability and sustainable development and how they apply to heritage management, thus questioning past and present attitudes to redefine future trends.

BENVGSH2 Heritage Materials and Assemblies aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the materials, mechanisms and evidence of deterioration and the interaction and effects of context and use on heritage materials and assemblies. 'Understanding a historic building is the first step towards decisions about management, repair and alteration.'

Students will learn about pathologies and diagnostics including monitoring, analysis and documentation, and use this knowledge to balance a complex range of social, economic, environmental and cultural factors that may affect the integrity of materials.

As part of the module, you will be taken on a two–week study visit to Malta. This is hosted by Heritage Malta, the national agency responsible for the management of national museums, heritage sites and their collections in Malta and Gozo. Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by the course.

This module is not intended to develop your practical preservation and conservation skills; however, as heritage managers and consultants in the heritage sector, you will need to understand the main preservation and conservation issues in order to make informed decisions about the survival of often vulnerable assemblies and to be sensitive to the cultural ramifications of your decisions. You will learn about the range of techniques and tools that are available, their advantages and limitations, and will discuss and use a range of strategies to improve your understanding of deterioration issues and how to achieve this knowledge using the resources available.

BENVGSH3 Sustainable Strategies takes its cue from the definition of sustainable development as 'meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs' (Our Common Future, United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, commonly known as the Brundtland Report). This module deals with sustainability strategies for historic buildings, sites and collections and focuses on practical solutions that meet present requirements for heritage management, preservation, conservation and use, while taking the long view in terms of future needs of communities from the historic and archaeological environment.

The aim of this module is to enable students to develop an integrated understanding of buildings, sites, collections, contexts and environment. This will include teaching the design of sustainable strategies for conservation and reuse of the heritage, their implementation and funding/economic considerations. It will refocus the balance between traditional preservation and conservation approaches and use, leading to sustainable solutions within the broader context of environmental sustainability.

BENVGSH4 Project Planning, Management and Maintenance aims to enable students to develop an understanding of heritage management, personal leadership and project management and how to successfully convert strategy into operational reality. The module will also consider the different scales at which planning of projects takes place, from master planning to detailed project planning. The focus on project planning, management and maintenance will highlight wider leadership and management issues which will be examined in the module. It will draw on knowledge and case studies from earlier modules, providing you with an enhanced framework with which to evaluate strategic decisions and heritage management practices.

BENVGBE7 Sustainable Heritage Master's Dissertation MSc students are required to submit an 8,000–10,000 word dissertation. The topic of the dissertation, which is supervised by a member of staff from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, is selected by the student in agreement with the course director. It can be taken from a wide range of subjects related to the main themes of the course and may be selected to assist career development, for its inherent interest, or because it is related to a relevant professional issue at work. For your information please view examples of past dissertation titles.

Staff

The MSc Sustainable Heritage programme draws upon the full range of expertise offered by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage's extensive team of professors and lecturers working in the field.

Between them, these staff represent some of the world's most respected experts in the discipline of heritage, producing both substantial scholarly work at the centre and highly innovative work at the leading edge of the field.

As experienced teachers, these staff also lead seminars, give lectures, offer one-to-one tutorials and generally engage directly with the students on the MSc Sustainable Heritage.

Staff teaching on the programme currently include:

Professor May Cassar - Centre Director
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Dr Matija Strlic - Professor
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Dr Kalliopi Fouseki - Course Director, Lecturer
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Dr Katherine Curran - Lecturer
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Dr Josep Grau-Bove - Lecturer
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David Watt
David is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow and a chartered building surveyor and historic buildings consultant. He is Associate Director with Hutton + Rostron Environmental Investigations Ltd, specialist independent timber decay and damp consultants with a multi-disciplinary approach to building pathology and conservation.

Situated in London and at UCL, the MSc in Sustainable Heritage programme is also able to draw on a wide range of other academics and visitors, such as established museum curators, heritage professionals, scientists and experts in the field, who give occasional talks and advice on student work.

Applying

Please click through to the UCL graduate prospectus page for this course, from where you can find information on application fees, eligibility, tuition fees, scholarships, and then complete the online application process. Applicants should also review the faculty specific admissions information.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage has an attractive range of financial support packages available to suit both full-time and part-time postgraduate study.

High calibre applicants should apply for bursaries. This support could be used to cover part of the course fees, travel and/or living expenses, depending on the status of the applicant and the specific criteria of the bursaries.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary is available to enable heritage professionals to study on the MSc Sustainable Heritage. Up to £20,000 (to cover the cost of fees and a stipend) is available for Home applicants (as defined by UCL General Regulations) who have the offer of a place for either full-time or part-time study on this course and who intend to accept or have already firmly accepted an offer.

The Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on the information provided in the Graduate Application Form, and on financial need, assessed on the information provided in the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application Form

Terms and Conditions

  • The Bursary is for MSc candidates only.
  • The Bursary is tenable for the duration of the course, subject to satisfactory progress.
  • At the end of the Bursary, graduates will be required to prepare a summary report on their experiences, and how they have benefited from the Bursary. 
  • Current and past holders of the Bursary will be expected to attend an annual event organised by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Ecclesiastical Insurance. 
  • Current holders of the Bursary will be expected from time to time to meet or correspond with Ecclesiastical Insurance, with the agreement of the Institute for Sustainable Heritage.
  • Awards are subject to the provisions of the UCL General Regulations.

'I would like to formally thank Ecclesiastical for their support over the course of the MSc. I have learnt an enormous amount, not only about conservation but also about myself over the duration of the last two years. I very much hope my fellow alumni also feel they have benefited as much as me. I'm sure they have.' Rob Woodside (2004/06 student)

How to Apply

Applicants should complete the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application form  and return it to the Course Director kalliopi.fouseki@ucl.ac.uk. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 25th July 2016.  Before you apply for this bursary you will need to hold an offer of admission to the programme therefore we advise you to submit your course application as soon as possible and ideally by the end of April 2016.

Other Sources of Funding

The British Chevening Shcolarships are available to enable overseas students to study in the UK. Please note that the closing date for these scholarships is generally in November for the following academic year. The international Federation of University Women provides funding to women graduates for advanced research, study and training. Funding is available every two years. Further information about other sources of funding. You may also wish to contact your professional body for more information on funding available for career development.

Contact

For enquiries about the course please email the Course Director, Kalliopi Fouseki

Opportunities

The course, 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 have 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.

You're provided with the knowledge and skills to evaluate cultural heritage projects and will be able to develop an understanding of the factors that drive change in the sustainable preservation, management and use of cultural heritage.

It allows you to acquire and demonstrate reflective leadership that exercises your creativity, ingenuity and innovation to deliver attainable goals as a team and helps you understand the roles and relationships among the actors in the preventive conservation and sustainability process for all kinds of heritage.

The course also offers a framework for rational decision making, based on principles of sustainability through understanding of the philosophical context and ethical principles and policies of heritage.

Scholarships

Scholarships and Financial Support

The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage has an attractive range of financial support packages available to suit both full-time and part-time postgraduate study.

High calibre applicants should apply for bursaries. This support could be used to cover part of the course fees, travel and/or living expenses, depending on the status of the applicant and the specific criteria of the bursaries.

Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary is available to enable heritage professionals to study on the MSc Sustainable Heritage. Up to £20,000 (to cover the cost of fees and a stipend) is available for Home applicants (as defined by UCL General Regulations) who have the offer of a place for either full-time or part-time/flexible study on this course and who intend to accept or have already firmly accepted an offer.
The Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of academic merit, assessed on the information provided in the Graduate Application Form, and on financial need, assessed on the information provided in the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application Form


'I would like to formally thank Ecclesiastical for their support over the course of the MSc. I have learnt an enormous amount, not only about conservation but also about myself over the duration of the last two years. I very much hope my fellow alumni also feel they have benefited as much as me. I'm sure they have.'
Rob Woodside, Head of Conservation for National Trust London and South-East Region (2004/06 student)

How to Apply
Applicants should complete the Ecclesiastical Insurance Bursary Application form  and return it to the Course Director via email at kalliopi.fouseki@ucl.ac.uk. The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 17th April 2017. Before you apply for this bursary you will need to hold an offer of admission to the programme therefore we advise you to submit your course application as soon as possible and ideally by the end of January 2017.

Terms and Conditions
•    The Bursary is for MSc Sustainable Heritage candidates only.
•    The Bursary is tenable for the duration of the course, subject to satisfactory progress.
•    At the end of the Bursary, graduates will be required to prepare a summary report on their experiences, and how they have benefited from the Bursary.
•    Current and past holders of the Bursary will be expected to attend an annual event organised by the Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Ecclesiastical Insurance.
•    Current holders of the Bursary will be expected from time to time to meet or correspond with Ecclesiastical Insurance, with the agreement of the Institute for Sustainable Heritage.
•    Awards are subject to the provisions of the UCL General Regulations.

Other Sources of Funding

The British Chevening Scholarships are available to enable overseas students to study in the UK. Please note that the closing date for these scholarships is generally in November for the following academic year.

The international Federation of University Women provides funding to women graduates for advanced research, study and training. Funding is available every two years.

Further information about other sources of funding.

You may also wish to contact your professional body for more information on funding available for career development.

Bartlett Masters Scholarships

The Bartlett is offering all applicants who hold an offer to commence study on our taught postgraduate programmes in September the opportunity to be considered for one of 20 scholarships, each worth £5,000, to be used as partial fee remittance for study in 2015/2016.

The deadline for receipt of all applications is Friday 20 May 2016

More information and how to apply

Dissertations

Sustainable Heritage Master's Dissertation

MSc students are required to submit an 8,000-10,000 word dissertation. The topic of the dissertation, which is supervised by a member of staff from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage, is selected by the student in agreement with the course director. It can be taken from a wide range of subjects related to the main themes of the course and may be selected to assist career development, for its inherent interest, or because it is related to a relevant professional issue at work. 

SHDissertationTitles

We invite you to view a list of past dissertation titles.