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Historic Conservation MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Historic Conservation MSc or PGDip or PGCert

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Full time | Headington Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Building Conservation Environmental Conservation / Policies

Course type


Course Summary


Our Historic Conservation MSc offers a comprehensive grounding in the conservation of historic buildings and sites.

The course follows the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) guidelines on education and training. It covers the knowledge, skills and professional capabilities identified by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the foundation for professional practice.

We will introduce you to a range of theoretical and practical disciplines, including:

architectural history
historical geography
spatial planning
urban design
economics and finance
research methodology.

Our Historic Conservation team has an excellent record of research for organisations such as:

the EU
English Heritage
the UK government Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

This course provides ideal training for those wishing to pursue a career in this fascinating but competitive field. Our graduates have gone on to work in senior roles across the sector, both in the UK and internationally.

After you graduate

Career prospects

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.


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), and recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.


How can we 'read' the history of a building, and how can we best communicate our understanding by visual and written means? This is a skill-based module that helps you to analyse the special architectural and historical characteristics of a particular site, building, or group of buildings, and to develop techniques for the representation of these characteristics through archival research, measurement, drawing and recording.

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

The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent). Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Thus, applications are welcome from any academic discipline which can be applied to Historic Conservation - as well as those seeking ongoing professional development. We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees, who can effectively portray suitable credentials, and usually have an appropriate professional background.

University information

Oxford Brookes University has grown to become one of the UK's top modern universities, and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally for its excellence in teaching, research and innovation. Oxford Brookes University brings together high-quality teaching with courses designed for the real world, great employer links and a first-class careers service. The University has four main faculties: Oxford Brookes Business...more