Research course

Building History

University of Cambridge · Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

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.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSt in Building History, devised in collaboration with English Heritage (now Historic England), is unique in its combination of 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.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired the type of research training required to carry on to the PhD, or if conceived as a standalone degree, will have acquired the skills to specialise and enhance their professional prospects.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Candidates who anticipate difficulty in funding their studies are invited to apply for a bursary. Applications are assessed competitively and it is expected that the bursaries offered will not normally exceed £2,000 per year, with a minimum value of £500 per year.

To be eligible to apply for a bursary you must already have submitted an application to study on the course, and be a citizen of the EU.

Other sources of funding

Sources of government funding and financial support including Professional and Career Development Loans - on the GOV.UK website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSt
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)1223 746262