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Historic Building Conservation MSc

Historic Building Conservation MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Architectural History Ancient Monuments: Conservation

Course type


Course Summary

This course enables you to become a professional within the specialist field of historic building conservation. London is rich in its collection of historic buildings, and the course team places great emphasis on using these to illustrate and inform elements of the course. Past and ongoing works at the Historic Royal Palaces, together with several national and local heritage organisations and practitioners, are used to support project work.

The course is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and on successful completion graduates in suitable employment, will be able to proceed to the RICS final assessment programme. The course is consciously interdisciplinary and international. Current and former students include archaeologists, architects, architectural technologists, chartered surveyors, craftsmen, engineers, and project and construction managers.

Assessment: Essays, reports, seminars, workshops, group field trip, project work, presentations, and dissertation. Our programme is both inclusive of a wide range of professions and disciplines and supportive of those looking to develop new knowledge and skill. Advice is offered throughout, to encourage you to develop your individual career trajectory, building on your existing and your developing knowledge and skills.

Different course options

Full time | Knights Park | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module aims to enable you to develop a deep understanding of building defects and pathology and to develop your ability to recognise the causes of obsolescence and dilapidations in buildings. You will consider the different types of decay which affect building materials and look at approaches to building management and options for effective maintenance. The module will also consider different approaches to building re-use and renewal and to carbon reduction technologies which can be incorporated into a variety of building types.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should normally have a 2:2 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

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