Taught course

Conservation of the Historic Environment

Birmingham City University · Birmingham School of Architecture and Design

Entry requirements

Candidates require a good honours degree (2.1) and preferably one or more year’s experience which may include voluntary work. Entry at Diploma Level may be considered with those with a skills background eg Bricklayer – City and Guilds, or NVQs.Candidates who wish to transfer with existing credits from other institutions must contact the Academic Director in the first instance to see whether these are transferable and acceptable against part of the Conservation of the Historic Environment degree.


Months of entry


Course content

Through introducing a range of different skillsets and disciplines, our course gives you the skills to become a professional within the field of historic building conservation.

The foundations of conservation are introduced through firstly establishing the basic concepts, understanding philosophical, legal and historical aspects of British buildings.

You will experience an emphasis on practical learning within the course as you choose from a series of workshops surrounding building materials. Explore and acquire a range of specialist industry skills in areas such as metal and timber, ceramic building materials and the use of lime in historic buildings.

As well as instilling the fundamental skills needed to be a professional in the field of conservation, the course also prides itself on producing professionals that are able to manage and lead a project from visualisation and design, through to implementation. The second year provides insights into the realities of a project, such as ensuring sustainability and financial viability, encouraging forward thinking professionals that are able to see a project through to completion.


Core modules:

  • Basic Conservation Concepts;
  • Conservation of Historic Materials;
  • Project Design and Management;
  • Building Elements and the Historic Environment;
  • Major Project - Dissertation.

Skills-based workshops: The Use of Lime in Historic Buildings, The Conservation and Repair of Stone, Twentieth Century Materials, Ceramic Building Materials, Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metals in Construction, Structural and Non-Structural Timber, An Introduction to Landed Estates, Parks and Gardens, Building Recording, The Conservation of Historic Interiors, Canal History, Heritage and Issues.


Written assignments, practical workshops and dissertation.

Information for international students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


full time
24 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

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+44(0)121 331 5595