Building Repair & Conservation - Applied Building Repair & Conservation

Trinity College Dublin

Building Repair & Conservation - Applied Building Repair & Conservation

The student is expected to develop an understanding of how to manage a conservation project. This course has been approved by Engineers Ireland as meeting its requirements for continuing professional development. This course is recognised by the RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) in connection with the RIAI Conservation Accreditation System.

Subjects taught

Course Content:
• Research and Documentation.
• The Built Heritage. Archaeology. Vernacular Architecture. Legislation.
• Building Surveying and Recording. BIM for Historic Structures.
• Building Stone. Ceramics. Metals. Timber. Thatch and Mudwall.
• Building Limes and Cements. Concrete.
• Heat and Moisture. Retrofitting for Energy Performance.
• Construction Technology and Project Management. Repairs. Case Studies.
• Structural Damage. Repairs to Masonry Fabrics and Building Elements. Structural Case Studies.
• Research project.

Entry requirements

Please note that applications require professional references.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2023

Assessment Info

The award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation is based on a combination of the results of two examination papers and a research project. Each paper constitutes one third and the project the remaining third of the overall assessment. Students must pass each paper and the project. There is no system of compensation. The pass mark for the examinations and the project is 40%. A Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an overall average mark of 70% or more in both the project and two papers combined at the summer examinations. The annual examination will be held in May and June, with a supplemental examination in September. All students are required to sit the annual examination in May/June, unless permission to defer is received from the Dean of Graduate Studies.


1 Year Part Time

This is not an online course and attendance is compulsory.

The course comprises approximately 86 hours of core lectures, 18 hours of practical lectures and case studies, 18 hours of laboratory work and 9 hours of site visits. These are normally held on Friday 7-10 p.m. and Saturday 9.30 a.m.-12.30 p.m. each week throughout the two semesters (September to April). In addition, the student, working individually, shall complete a research project.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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Career Opportunities
Graduates from this programme have pursued diverse careers in areas including conservation project management, policy, and consultancy.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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