Taught course

Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings)

University of York · Department of Archaeology

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will need a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in architecture, archaeology, history of art, architectural history or related fields.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and offers a bespoke route for UK practitioners to achieve full professional membership of the IHBC. The programme conforms with the international ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training in Conservation.

After running successfully for over 40 years, the programme is supported by a network of specialist conservation and research organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Contributors to the course include national experts from Historic England, Council for British Archaeology, ICOMOS-UK, Historic Environment Scotland, and the National Trust and from a large number of local conservation and heritage organisations.

  • Understand historic and evolving practice in heritage building conservation.
  • Experience practical, hands-on skills with expert practitioners
  • Build working relationships with national and international conservation specialists and research organisations.
  • Develop careers-focused knowledge, practical experience and contacts.
  • Study in the heritage capital of Britain – be part of conservation in action.
  • Access state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories, archives and libraries.
  • Choose to study full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
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