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Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy is a non-professional degree which is particularly suited to: those who wish to undertake mid-career educational advancement in a specialised field; those who are interested in undertaking a masters in the field of the built environment, for non-professional purposes; and those who wish to use the M.Phil as a stepping-stone to a Doctorate (PhD).

The degree of M.Phil can be undertaken through any of the graduate programmes within the School. The degree programme extends over a minimum period of one year, and can be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis. The degree can be awarded for a dissertation, or for a combination of coursework and a dissertation.

MPhil in Conservation

The primary aim of the M Phil in Conservation of the Built Environment is to produce graduates with the necessary knowledge, values and skills to engage effectively with the challenges arising in the very diverse multi-disciplinary intellectual, cultural and physical environments where heritage and heritage resources are present. The emphasis of the programme is on developing competence in the professional and practical fields of conservation of and in the built environment and of heritage resource management. The Programme curriculum is cross-disciplinary in orientation and exposes students to the very broad range of research, analytical, evaluative, planning and management issues and challenges that they are likely to encounter in the field. While this Programme is focused on the built environment and on practical and technical aspects of conservation and heritage resource management, it does also introduce students to critical issues in heritage arenas and, in particular, public history and shares several courses with a related Programme offered in the Centre for African Studies which is more theoretically and critically oriented. The Programme is, therefore, designed to produce professional training for professionals working in or wishing to enter the fields of conservation of the built environment and heritage resource management and to produce research that is practically oriented and that is publishable.

The Master of Philosophy in Conservation of the Built Environment is offered part-time over two years. Time-tabling is in the “block-release” system which comprises four intensive week periods of face-to-face student-staff contact in the first year and two in the second. Reading and assignments are carried out before and after the face-to-face contact periods.