Masters in Urban and Building Conservation UCD – Call for Applications


The programme in Urban and Building Conservation was established in UCD in 1986 in recognition of the growing need for expertise in architectural conservation. UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy has created a centre of expertise for the study of architectural, urban and landscape conservation in Ireland. The MUBC programme attracts practitioners from both private and public offices, including architects, urban and regional planners, engineers, archaeologists, surveyors, historians and other associated disciplines. The aim of the programme is to provide a high quality learning environment and an academic structure for research and development of ideas. Many graduates have changed the way that Ireland’s designed environment is perceived, planned, protected and developed; others have pursued a career overseas.

The MUBC programme requires four semesters (16 months) full-time attendance for completion. Alternatively, the course may be taken part-time, following one semester full-time.

Over the initial two semesters lectures address topics relevant to the range of recognised skills and competencies necessary for conservation including: Research Methods for the Designed Environment, including visits to important relevant repositories; Conservation History, Theory and Policy; Case Studies and Reflective Practice : lectures by practitioners in the field of conservation; Materials, Technology and the Environment: detailed lectures on specialist materials and skills relevant to the conservation of historic buildings.

In the first semester the main studio project comprises a structured enquiry into the nature of an urban area which researches, records and analyses the significance and nature of an Irish urban landscape. In the second (or subsequent term if part-time) students examine the history, form, construction and condition of an historic building, and develop a position on its significance and potential conservation. The preparation of a thesis on a subject which advances conservation knowledge concludes the course.

Study trips are organised to active conservation projects in Ireland and abroad.

University Requirements for the Programme
Candidates for the Degree must obtain the permission of the Faculty before entering on the course. A candidate who is a holder of the Degree of Bachelor of Architecture, or of an equivalent qualification in Architecture, or a degree in a related discipline, shall be eligible for consideration for entry to the programme.

For further information please contact the School Manager, Mr. Adam Trodd. E-mail: Applications to be submitted by May 1st 2017 for entry to the programme in September 2017
Course Directors: Dr. Finola O’Kane Crimmins and Paul Arnold.