Engage with conservation in the context of historic buildings and develop a unique mix of practice-based and theoretical learning for your professional work or further research in the conservation sector. This course is accredited by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Established in 1972, this course combines essential disciplinary knowledge and advanced scholarship with hands-on experience in sustainable building conservation practice. Working alongside experienced practitioners, you will engage with practical and professional issues in a series of focused skills modules from an exciting range of related disciplines and develop your own hands-on experience in practice.

Study Details:

1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
Approaches to conservation (20 credits)
Analysing historic buildings (20 credits)
Issues in cultural heritage conservation (20 credits)
Interpreting historic buildings (20 credits)
Practical Building Conservation Skills (5 credits)
Heritage Protection (5 credits)
Sustainable Building Conservation Skills (5 credits)
Conservation Solutions (5 credits)

Student Destinations

Graduates have gone on to careers in archaeology and heritage-related organisations across the UK and abroad. You’ll also develop transferable skills that are applicable to a multitude of careers beyond archaeology and heritage.

Previous graduates have gone into roles such as:

  • Heritage Consultant
  • Conservation Officer
  • Building Surveyor
  • Planning Officer
  • Heritage Crafts


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Entry Requirements

2:1 or equivalent in Architecture, Archaeology, History, History of Art, Architectural History or a relevant allied discipline

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