Taught course

Historic Conservation

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

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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.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English you will require a minimum academic IELTS score of 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all components.


An equivalent English language qualification acceptable to the University.

Months of entry


Course content

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
  • construction
  • surveying
  • 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.

Information for international students

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    21 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848