University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Conservation of Historic Buildings (Taught)

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Course summary

Study the theory and practice of preserving historic architecture and cultural heritage sites in one of the world's most culturally significant cities. We offer you the unique opportunity to learn how to design and manage conservation projects while studying in a UNESCO World Heritage site. Taught by experts in the field, our course focuses on preserving historic buildings and cultural heritage worldwide. You’ll learn philosophical approaches to conserving the built environment and its significance within the context of international standards and charters, and English legislation frameworks. You’ll also explore materials, techniques, traditional constructional principles and structural behaviour. To learn about conservation in practice, you’ll visit and work on case studies at historic buildings sites in and around Bath. These help you understand how our built heritage is repaired and re-used, and develop your technical and communication skills. You’ll finish your master’s degree with a large research project in an area of conservation that excites you. Learn from experts in the field Our course draws on the research knowledge in our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering and expertise in the industry. Our academics’ international collaborations and research feed into our teaching and contribute to your learning experience. Use specialist facilities We have a range of facilities to support your studies. Our library gives you access to online historical literature, maps and audio visual services, as well as professional databases such as Construction Information Services. Start your future here We work with industrial partners to make sure you have the technical, communication and design skills that employers value. You’ll work on group projects with students on other construction-related MSc courses, preparing you for a range of professional positions. You’ll graduate with the ability to make a real contribution to the preservation of our architectural landscape. Our graduates have gone on to work in roles such as:

  • Senior National Trust managers and national amenity society inspectors
  • Local authority conservation officers
  • Conservation architects, engineers and surveyors in specialist practices


Year 1 Semester 1 Compulsory units

  • Cultures and frameworks for conservation
  • Materials, construction and skills
  • Principles of construction project management
  • Professional and research skills for the construction industry
  • Structural conservation
Semester 2 Compulsory units
  • Cultures and frameworks for conservation
  • Materials, construction and skills
-Multidisciplinary project
  • Principles of construction project management
  • Professional and research skills for the construction industry
  • Structural conservation
Summer Compulsory units
  • Dissertation

Assessment method


  • Design projects
  • Lectures
  • Online resources
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Real-life case studies
  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
- Presentations

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Historic Building Conservation, Institute for

How to apply

International applicants

English language requirements You will normally need one of the following: IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Entry requirements

A first or strong second class UK honours degree or internationally recognised equivalent, or equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience. Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components). To apply for this course, you should have an undergraduate degree in any discipline relating to the built environment including architecture, engineering, surveying, planning, geography, archaeology, history or management. We will also consider your application if you have an undergraduate degree in other disciplines, such as history of art, and wish to gain a vocational degree. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Conservation of Historic Buildings at University of Bath - UCAS