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Historic Building Conservation MSc

Historic Building Conservation MSc

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Full time | Knights Park | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Architectural History Ancient Monuments: Conservation

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course?

Do you want to become a professional within the specialist field of historic building conservation? On this course, you'll visit many of London's fascinating historic buildings to illustrate and inform your learning. Past and ongoing works at the Historic Royal Palaces, together with several national and local heritage organisations and practitioners, are used to support your project work.

The course is interdisciplinary and international. Current and former students include archaeologists, architects, architectural technologists, chartered surveyors, craftsmen, engineers, and project and construction managers.

You will have opportunities to work alongside other postgraduates in the Faculty and the wider university, including those studying architecture and landscape architecture.

What you will study

The course is designed to balance strategic analysis with a good working knowledge of core techniques. You will acquire the skills and knowledge to extend your current practice and/or gain knowledge and expertise in new areas. You will work with a range of professionals and specialists to broaden your understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of the field. An optional week-long field trip to a European city will provide the opportunity to further develop your technical knowledge and embed it within a practice scenario.

You'll be required to complete five modules worth 180 credits in total.

After you graduate

Students come from a wide range of professions and disciplines. Advice is offered throughout, to encourage you to develop your career and build on your existing knowledge and skills.

The Historic Building Conservation MSc helps prepare you for roles such as:

working in advisory or regulatory bodies, supporting the wider remit of historic building conservation
positions within private and voluntary organisations working on historic fabric
specialist roles within your current profession, supporting your application to specialist registers
independent consultancy
community support and liaison for local heritage projects
academic research


This module covers the different types and uses of surveying equipment used on building surveys and enables students to record the nature and condition of historic buildings It also includes the analysis of building materials and soil investigation and structural failure in historic buildings at both sub and superstructure level. The module will also investigate the causes of building materials' failure and appropriate methods of conservation.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a 2:2 or above honours degree. This can be in any discipline, although a related subject is an advantage. Some experience of working in the industry would also be useful.

University information

Located in South-West London, Kingston University offers a high-quality portfolio of taught postgraduate and research degree courses in a buzzing, student-friendly, riverside town. Students at Kingston are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the modern workplace and are provided with a huge variety of learning opportunities, state-of-the-art resources and facilities and support services. Postgraduate study spans four academic...more