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Historic Conservation MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Oxford Brookes University

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Headington Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


Gain the expertise to shape the future through the buildings and places we value from the past.

This course puts you at the centre of historic conservation practice. You’ll be introduced to fundamental concepts and techniques and taught by leading experts from across the field.

Topics of study include:

  • History of architecture and the built environment
  • Analysis and recording of historic sites
  • Legal and policy frameworks
  • Conservation techniques for traditional and modern structures
  • Financial analysis.

Throughout the course you’ll be challenged to think critically and holistically and supported to develop an intelligent, professional approach. Regular field trips and hands-on workshops let you apply your learning to current practice while building your experience and networks.

Teaching is delivered jointly by Oxford Brookes and the University of Oxford, combining the internationally renowned research and teaching expertise of the two institutions.

Career prospects

The course provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to pursue a career in the conservation sector. Our tutors have wide experience in the field, and the broad variety of visiting speakers from national and local government, private practice, the voluntary sector, the law and academia add greatly to this range. We have excellent links with heritage organisations across the country, giving you opportunities for placements and other work experience. Graduates have gone on to work in many different roles across the sector, including:

  • central government bodies, eg English Heritage and Historic England
  • local government roles, eg conservation and design officer
  • charitable organisations, eg the National Trust and the Landmark Trust
  • campaign groups, eg Victorian Society and SAVE Britain's Heritage
  • private consultancies, eg CgMs and Alan Baxter & Associates.


This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). Accredited by RTPI as a Specialist Programme. Full RTPI accreditation is available when combined with the Postgraduate Diploma in Spatial Planning.

Students can also exit with Pgdip/PgCert awards.

Application deadline

30 June 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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Oxford Brookes University

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  • Campus address

    Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX3 0BP, England

Oxford is world-famous for its rich history of education and groundbreaking research. It's also only an hour from London by train.
Oxford Brookes courses give students the fundamental skills and experience needed to succeed in their chosen career and become internationally employable.
A dedicated International Student Advice team can help with everything from visas to work options. Trips are offered, so that students can explore the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    8th out of 37

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    110 68%


  • Graduate prospects

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    100.0 100%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%


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    / Max 210
    99 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%



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