BSc in Applied Conservation Skills

Bachelor of ArtsApplied Conservation Skills

Part Time
2 Years

Applications for the 2018/19 Academic Year are now closed.

Applied Conservation Skills

The BSc in Applied Conservation Skills is a unique two year, Level 7 part-time programme that enables graduates to understand the principles of conservation and to apply them in a practical manner. It is an accelerated programme for up-skilling qualified construction trades people and other operatives in building conservation. 

The course will equip with the skills required to function in a supervisory capacity on building conservation projects. Students will manage change in protected structures in a way that retains character and qualities of special interest and demonstrate knowledge in research of historical building development. They will learn to recognise materials, craftsmanship and techniques of previous generations and treat them according to conservation principles.

Graduates will be able to assess and implement conservation skills and techniques as required under Part IV of the Planning & Development Act (2000) in a range of conservation and heritage projects. The programme is eligible for Continual Professional Development (CPD) for the Royal Institute of Architects Ireland (RIAI) as well as other professional bodies.

Conservation Skills course delivery

The Applied Conservation Skills course will be run in 4 blocks on Tuesdays over a 2 year period. It will be based on The Granary Campus and it is envisaged to run from 9.15 - 6.15

Year 1
Semester 1Semester 2
History of BuildingsCAD & IT Skills
Introduction to Project ManagementPractical Conservation Workshop
Conservation 1
Year 2
Semester 3Semester 4
Site Management PracticeEnterprise Skills
Conservation 2Practical Conservation Workshop 2
Conservation Practice on Site

Applied Conservation Skills Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a relevant Level 6 qualification in a construction related discipline or equivalent. Trades people who hold a National Craft Certificate or Senior Trades Qualification can also apply for this programme.

Applied Conservation Skills Careers

Graduates will be employable in the public and private sector in a wide area of conservation and heritage including:

  • Heritage Contractors

  • Local Authorities and the OPW

  • Conservation Architecture

  • Architectural Heritage Organisations

  • Traditional Materials Suppliers

  • Self-Employment

What follow on study options are available?

On completion of the course successful students will be eligible to progress to year three of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Management & Engineering Level 8 degree,

More Student Stories

St. Mary’s Hall, Kilkenny City

The BSc in Applied Conservation Skills course students, were the first group to work on a ‘live’ project as part of a pilot scheme organised by the Department of Arts Heritage & the Gaeltacht and Kilkenny City & County Council. This scheme offered the students a unique chance to work on an historic structure and was supported by guest lecturers and practical demonstrations.

Evelyn Graham was the Project Liaison Architect and is the Conservation Officer with Kilkenny City Council; she worked in collaboration with WIT course lecturers and was responsible for obtaining funding for the pilot scheme from the DoAHG.


The Madelaine Gervais Bursary Award.

A student on the BSc in Applied Conservation Skills course will be studying in St Gemini, Italy, as part of the Historic Building Restoration and Analysis programme.
The successful student, Joseph Kelly, from Kilkenny won the Madelaine Gervais Scholarship to participate in the summer programme of restoration works on the Oratory of St. Carlo, which is a 13th Century church in the town of St. Gemini, Italy.
The programme, which is run by the International Institute for the Restoration and Preservation, is a month long practical and theoretical hands-on experience, followed by a 10 day tour of other historical sites, Sienna, Florence and Rome.

Course Leader

  • Mr. Terry Prenderville

    B.Sc Honors M.A. - Lecturer

    Tel: 51845640 Email: [email protected]

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