On 30 November 2013 the first graduates of the MSt in Building History took their degrees, becoming, we believe, the first ever Building History graduates in the UK. If this suggestion sounds surprising, the explanation lies in the name. ‘Building History’ combines approaches to the historic built environment drawn from a range of traditional academic disciplines as well as from the professional heritage sector. There is a strong practical element with an emphasis on close engagement with historic buildings, and students complete a six-month professional placement in the sector. The course, which runs part-time over two years but recruits annually, results from a ground-breaking collaboration between the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art and English Heritage, and accepted its first students in 2011. Some of the first intake are now embarking on doctoral research in the Faculty, while others are working in a variety of capacities in the heritage sector.
For further information on the course, go to http://www.arct.cam.ac.uk/researchdegrees/masterspt/mstdegrees/mst-building-history