I’m thinking of applying for a Masters in Urban & Building conservation in UCD, and am looking for advice as to what benefits this full time course would have over say the P.Grad diploma offered by Trinity in building conservation or the cpd seminars run by the dublin civic trust? Is it more academic or does it include a practical approach?
Word from the MUBC is that it’s enormously labour-intensive, and the timetabling rather awkward if you intend on working. It’s got a good reputation however, and the numbers doing it have fallen substantially in the past couple of years, resulting in a much greater exposure to lecturers and tutors.
Trinity’s course probably offers better value for money, and certainly as a top-up for professionals it’s enormously popular. There’s very little in the way of practicals or site demonstration, something you’d probably get more of with the MUBC. The timetabling is extremely convenient.
Dublin Civic Trust’s courses are very practically-focused, generally utilising the best practitioners in their fields (and typically the same professionals who lecture in both of the above courses). Obviously it doesn’t have the sheen of a university accreditation, but an intense exposure to all of their courses would largely bring you up to the Trinity level for a third of the price.
So something of a juggling act as to what qualification may or may not benefit you.
Cheers Graham that’s helpful. I’ve recently been put onto a 2 day week in my current firm and am weighing up my options, my concern is that I have no practical exposure to conservation with my work to date (4 years post uni) but its an area I’m deeply interested in. Given my current situation undertaking the MUBC full time is probably my most likely course of action, unless my lack of previous experience in the area would prove too great an obstacle