Conservation of Buildings, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 27 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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  • Key facts
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  • Fees and funding


MSc Conservation of Buildings defines and explores the concepts and practicalities of conservation, restoration and preservation including the suitability of repairing, maintaining, servicing, adaptation and strategic management of heritage buildings. It also considers historic construction and repair techniques and the decisions we need to make today to ensure the appropriate longevity of our built heritage. Conservation philosophy, legislative framework, scientific understanding, and awareness of the importance of regional vernacular styles and materials are all at the heart of this course.

The course is small and highly specialised. All students are taught together to enable new students to take advantage of the experience of more advanced students. We have strong links with conservationists in local authorities (including Essex County Council), conservation trusts and English Heritage, together with several EU universities. Career paths include specialist heritage or building conservation consultancy, local authority conservation officer and specialist statutory (building) control posts, historic building and heritage asset management careers. Fully recognised by the IHBC and with RICS and RTPI recognition under application.

The aims of this course are to:

  • Develop your vision and understanding of what is required when undertaking the conservation of buildings.
  • Equip you with specialist conservation knowledge.
  • Provide study that will foster, inspire and enhance your technical, personal and inter-personal skills.
  • Develop your leadership skills, ability to evaluate challenging situations and produce solutions to problems.

Additional course information

You will absorb the academic, philosophical and technical aspects of building conservation, together with the underlying legislative and economic background, designed to produce competent consultants, advisors and practitioners.
Staff will have enhanced knowledge and skills of up-to-date building conservation practice, heritage management, academic awareness, and strength in networking.

Programme Structure

Core modules

  • Conservation and Legislation of Heritage Buildings (30 credits)
  • The Science and Economics of Historic Buildings (30 credits)
  • Facilities Management of Heritage Buildings (15 credits)
  • Research Design and Methodology (15 credits)
  • Surveying the Historic Building (30 credits)
  • Major Project / Dissertation (60 credits)

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand how conservation is affected by historical, political, social, economic, legal and technical processes.
  • Be able to contribute to the formulation of conservation policies and their implementation, with an awareness of intended and unintended results of such policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the effective running of an organisation concerned with conservation.
  • Apply local and general principles to the practical requirements of particular communities, their historical heritage and environment.
  • Compare conservation policies of various European countries with that of your own.
  • Forge links with conservation schemes at United Kingdom and overseas based Institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 27 months

      Tuesday 10am–5pm

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The ideal route is for built environment graduates with the preferred degree classification being a 2:1. Non-cognate graduates or experiential applicants can be considered if they can demonstrate practical experience or professional interest in conservation. Applicants may be invited for interview.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 6000 International
  • GBP 4050 EU/EEA


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