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Our Historic Conservation MSc offers a comprehensive grounding in the conservation of historic buildings and sites.
The course follows the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) guidelines on education and training. It covers the knowledge, skills and professional capabilities identified by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the foundation for professional practice.
We will introduce you to a range of theoretical and practical disciplines, including:
- architectural history
- historical geography
- spatial planning
- urban design
- economics and finance
- research methodology.
Our Historic Conservation team has an excellent record of research for organisations such as:
- the EU
- English Heritage
- the UK government Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
This course provides ideal training for those wishing to pursue a career in this fascinating but competitive field. Our graduates have gone on to work in senior roles across the sector, both in the UK and internationally.
How to apply
We advise applying in advance to secure places, and allow sufficient time for applications to be reviewed.
There is no formal application deadline (recruitment closes when teaching capacity is reached).
Applicants should also factor any time needed to meet offer conditions, arrange accommodation, and obtain a UK Tier 4 visa (if applicable).
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Questions about fees?
Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
This course is offered at three levels:
The Master of Science (MSc) degree consists of:
- 6 compulsory modules
- Research Methods in Design
- dissertation (between 15,000 - 20,000 words).
The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) consists of:
- 6 compulsory modules
- Research Methods in Design.
The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) consists of 3 compulsory modules.
The MSc and PGDip can be studied full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year).
The introductory PGCert is a 9 month, part-time course.
All core teaching is on Mondays and Tuesdays, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments (with the exception of certain field trips).
Part-time students take the Monday modules in their first year and the Tuesday modules in their second.
Each course module addresses a different set of questions in the theory and/or practice of historic conservation.
The School of the Built Environment has an impressive list of funders and clients covering UK and EU government, research funding councils and industry.
Research areas and clusters
The Impact Assessment Unit (IAU) brings together one of the largest teams of expertise in this field worldwide. Our clients include:
- the European Commission
- UK Government/Agencies
- local government
- the commercial sector.
Infrastructure and energy continue to be a key focus as they are the essential components of a rapidly urbanising world.
The IAU works closely with colleagues in the following research groups:
We have links with universities worldwide so there are exciting opportunities for collaborative research, exchanges and study overseas.
After you graduate
The course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue a career in the conservation sector. Our tutors have wide experience in the field, and the broad variety of visiting speakers from national and local government, private practice, the voluntary sector, the law and academia add greatly to this range. We have excellent links with heritage organisations across the country, giving you opportunities for placements and other work experience. Graduates have gone on to work in many different roles across the sector, including:
- central government bodies, eg English Heritage and Historic England
- local government roles, eg conservation and design officer
- charitable organisations, eg the National Trust and the Landmark Trust
- campaign groups, eg Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage
- private consultancies, eg CgMs and Alan Baxter & Associates.
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.