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MSc and Postgraduate Diploma in European Urban Conservation

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arches Nationally there is a shortage of suitably trained conservation officers who can work in urban conservation agencies at national, regional and local levels. Furthermore, a large number of posts are available in the field of tourism and heritage marketing throughout the UK and Europe.

Students taking the EUC programme come from a variety of disciplines including town planning, architecture, art history, archaeology, history, and geography. The common denominator amongst each student group is a strong interest in preserving the built heritage of Europe. Later in the programme, students specialise in different aspects of urban conservation including listed buildings, conservation areas, urban tourism, heritage policy and management, and, most recently, historic gardens and designed landscapes. Most students taking the programme aim to gain employment in the heritage management field, either as conservation officers working for a national or local authority agency, or for a private trust or association which aims to rehabilitate and rejuvenate some aspect of Europe's rich design heritage.

Recent career destinations

From at letter to EUC staff re recent graduate employment:

"Things as you can see are paying off for our hard work and we have been ' in demand' a fair bit recently. All this is undoubtedly due to the EUC course - so thanks a million!" (EUC graduate, May 1997).

The EUC programme aims to provide a good training for those who wish to become conservation officers at national, county or local levels. Indeed a number of graduates now hold full-time posts with such agencies in the UK and in other European countries. Furthermore, students are counselled on a variety of other careers open to them - for example housing rehabilitation, city centre management, specialist journalism, heritage tourism, tourism management - and recent graduates indeed have found employment in such fields. The research dissertation, undertaken in Term 4, often is the focus of future career choices. One recent graduate (a geographer) who completed an excellent dissertation concerning historic buildings "at risk" now is employed by a private consultant preparing a new statutory list of historic buildings in Northern Ireland. For those who wish to pursue a career as a conservation officer in the UK, it is hoped that Dundee's EUC programme soon will be deemed an accredited course by the recently established Institute of Historic Building Conservation. Further a field, one recent graduate now is employed by the city of Brno in the Czech Republic as a conservation officer. Also, two graduates are completing PhDs in Urban Conservation.
The following is a selection of recent career destinations:

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