Taught course

Building Conservation and Adaptation

University of Central Lancashire · School of Art, Design and Fashion

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements for the course are Upper Second Class Honours degree or higher in a Built Environment or related discipline; a relevant professional examination or award, which is equivalent to chartered or corporate member such as the CIOB, RICS, RIBA, RTPI, IHBC.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course has a two decade track-record of facilitating graduates with the skills and attributes necessary to forge successful careers working within the heritage sector and the historic built environment.

Our alumni include conservation officers, planning consultants, architects and technologists, surveyors, project managers, heritage officers and other multidisciplinary professionals. Their feedback has ensured that the course provides students with the perfect blend of theory and practise, supplemented by by-weekly on-site workshop sessions.

Our industry connections also guarantee that all students wishing to obtain relevant work experience can do so through liaison with the course team.

The course focusses on the conservation of heritage buildings and sites and the proactive management of change in the historic built environment. The course concentrates on the re-use of existing buildings, including designated heritage assets, and explores the role historic buildings can play in the sustainable revitalisation of our towns and cities. Techniques of conservative repair, adaptation, retro-fitting and extension are scrutinised, and the legislative context of heritage planning is examined in depth. An appreciation of conservation philosophy and an understanding of heritage significance are common themes through the course: these provide a sound basis for decision making where change is needed to secure socially and economically viable solutions and sustaining active use.
The quality of this course has been recognised through its accreditation with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Institute of Historic Building.

Information for international students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24-30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    6 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)1772 892400