The aim of the Department Recognising the imperative need for specialising scientists in undertaking responsibly and methodically the preservation, protection and promotion of the unique monumental wealth of Cyprus, Frederick University offers a Postgraduate Programme which aims at educating scientists of different specialisations in this field. This is a highly concise and practical programme geared towards providing the state-of-the-art skills necessary for immediate entering or re-entering practice at the highest level.
The aim of the programme is to fully instruct students not only in the theories of the deontology and methodology concerning the protection and restoration of historical buildings but also in the practices regarding materials and technologies, which are nowadays internationally applied in restoration projects. The programme also aims to provide further technical knowledge in the area of conservation and restoration of historical structures and monuments and it is intended to provide the educational platform to encourage the development of competent, confident and inquisitive postgraduates who are able to link restoration and conservation theory with practice.
Through the process of close examination and identification of the subject-matter, the students acquire the necessary assets allowing them to formulate compatible proposals for repairing, reinforcing, restoring or even changing the use of a historical building. The successful completion of the programme requires also the submission of a research paper and a master’s thesis, covering a topic related to conservation and restoration of monuments or other relevant historical structures.
Key Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to:
- Recognise a building structure in terms of its historical period, building type, typological and morphological identity.
- Obtain an in-depth comprehension of the methodology of historical documentation of a structure.
- Acquire the ability and skills to search and index historical resources.
- Develop detailed knowledge of building analysis, recording of pathology and vulnerability of monuments.
- Organize and implement visual and instrumental valuation of the typical types of the pathology of various types of historical buildings.
- Analyse and evaluate the dynamic and earthquake behaviour of historical monuments and structures.
- Provide further knowledge of conservation principles and develop an ability to interpret and evaluate restoration problems.
- Plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development within the context of conservation and restoration of historical buildings.
- Obtain an in-depth knowledge of the World, European and National regulatory and legal framework, concerning the protection and restoration of monuments.
- Provide the scientific background for further studies or research.
- Critically review existing practice and develop original and creative solutions to problems.
- Study in depth the relevant materials technology, masonry engineering and static and anti-seismic analysis of the typical types of built monuments found in the eastern Mediterranean region.
- Communicate and work effectively with peers and academic staff in a variety of tasks, demonstrating appropriate levels of autonomy and responsibility.
Occupational Profiles of the Graduates
The MSc in Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures and Monuments is developed to meet the needs for education in the field of conservation and restoration, by providing the skills needed to key professionals, who are or will be active in the private sector, in governmental institutions and local authorities and as consultant engineers.
The Programme is addressed to public sector officers and professional architects, civil engineers, topographers, archaeologists and historians. Lessons take place in the afternoons so that working students can attend.
Specifically, the proposed programme will provide the skills for:
- Scientists in related fields, who have recently completed their undergraduate studies and seek a higher and focused education before entering the market.
- Graduates who have recently completed their studies in a related discipline and seek to get involved in research and acquire an MSc before pursuing a PhD degree.
- Scientists who wish to engage in consulting in conservation and restoration of historical structures and monuments.
- Professionals with experience in the field, who wish to extend their knowledge and place emphasis on the topics covered by the programme.
- Professionals from public and semi-public organisations, whose work is related to restoration and conservation of monuments and the relevant legislation.
- The graduates of the programme, equipped with the epistemology and experience acquired in the field of Conservation and Restoration of Historical Structures and Monuments will be able to work in the private sector undertaking specialised projects, and in the public sector, in the antiquities department, town planning and housing department, public works department, the technical services of ministries, the technical departments of district administrations and municipalities, both in Cyprus and overseas. Graduates will also be in a position to participate in research programmes in related fields.
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Last updated June 22, 2018