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MSc or PGDip or PGCert
Gain the expertise to shape the future through the buildings and places we value from the past.
This course puts you at the centre of historic conservation practice. You’ll be introduced to fundamental concepts and techniques and taught by leading experts from across the field.
Topics of study include:
- History of architecture and the built environment
- Analysis and recording of historic sites
- Legal and policy frameworks
- Conservation techniques for traditional and modern structures
- Financial analysis.
Throughout the course you’ll be challenged to think critically and holistically and supported to develop an intelligent, professional approach. Regular field trips and hands-on workshops let you apply your learning to current practice while building your experience and networks.
Teaching is delivered jointly by Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford, combining the internationally renowned research and teaching expertise of the two institutions.
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 Student 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.
Financial support and scholarships
Learning and assessment
This course is offered at three levels:
The Master of Science (MSc) degree consists of:
- 8 compulsory taught modules, including Research Methods in Design
- Dissertation (20,000 words)
The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) consists of 7 compulsory taught modules.
The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) consists of 3 compulsory taught 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.
- the European Commission
- UK Government/Agencies
- local government
- the commercial sector.
Research areas and clusters
Infrastructure and energy continue to be a key focus as they are the essential components of a rapidly urbanising world.
- Smart Construction and Impact Assessment (SC&IA)
- Land Design and Development (LDD)
- Planning, Policy and Governance (PPG)
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.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.