Taught course

Conservation Studies

University of York · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in Architecture, Archaeology, History, History of Art or Architectural History, or in a relevant allied discipline – we welcome a diverse range of backgrounds. Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are interested in a career in heritage or historic building conservation, the Conservation Studies gives you the theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience you will need for a professional role in the sector.

The core of the MA in Conservation Studies covers the history and philosophy of historic environment conservation, and provides a critical understanding of contemporary issues in building conservation practice. Theoretical elements of the course are complemented by a wide choice of short ‘skills modules’, which focus on developing your knowledge of the specialist skills that are an essential part of professional practice.

This programme is also available to study at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level.

Information for international students

York is a research-intensive university and a proud member of the elite Russell Group of universities. Information about international fees can be found on our website.

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check our website for details: Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1904 323963