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Course summary

The course, devised in collaboration with English Heritage (now Historic England), is unique in combining British architectural history with practical tuition in interpreting building fabric. It provides an overview of architectural evolution and an awareness of the principal approaches to the exploration of architectural evidence. It also sets out to train students in the rigorous and effective use of primary sources, preparing them for careers in historic building research, recording, assessment and curation, or in suitable cases, for progression to doctoral-level research.


The course is heavily taught in the first year by invited speakers. Lectures are matched to field trips. The emphasis is on learning to investigate, research, record and assess historic buildings. Lectures: c.100 hours (1st year); seminars and classes: c.60 hours (guided site visits; 1st year); practicals: c.40 hours (1st year); supervision: 3 hours per year

Assessment method

Dissertation: 20,000-25,000 words (including footnotes and appendices, but excluding bibliography). 2 essays: 3,500 words maximum each. 1 recording project: 3,000-5,000 words, plus drawings and photographs. 1 research proposal: 2,000-3,000 words. Log-book/portfolio and report (3,000 words maximum) from professional placement. Field test of 1 hour's duration. A non-assessed (formative) essay is required during the first term of Year 1. Some assignments and the dissertation require literature reviews.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. There is provision to accept non-standard applicants who do not satisfy the standard academic criterion but such applicants must produce evidence of relevant and equivalent experience and their suitability for the course. IELTS Academic: Overall band score of 7.5 (with a minimum of 7.0 in each individual component) CAE: Grade A or B; CPE: Grade A, B, or C.

Fees and funding

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Building History at University of Cambridge - UCAS