Historic Conservation

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: Full time: MSc 12 months; PGDip 9 months

Part time: Part time: MSc 24 months; PGDip 21 months; PGCert 9 months




School of the Built Environment


How do we decide which buildings and environments need preserving? How do we better understand their physical fabric and the influences on their design and construction? How will they be conserved in future, and who will pay for this to happen? Study at Oxford Brookes to develop expertise in historic conservation and discover how we can preserve, learn from, and protect sites of historic importance.

You’ll examine the ideas, laws and policies that define current conservation, including how these have changed – and evolve over time. You’ll explore how built heritage can be conserved, adapted and developed in a variety of ways. And you’ll learn fundamental concepts and conservation techniques, taught by leading experts in the field.

You’ll study the history of architecture and the built environment, and progress skills in researching, analysing and recording information from historic sites.

With a broad range of guest speakers, field trips, workshops and site visits, you’ll expand your network and develop the professional skills needed to explore a variety of jobs in this sector.

Specific entry requirements

The course is open to applicants who hold a 2.1 undergraduate honours degree (or international equivalent).

Students come from a variety of backgrounds. Thus, applications are welcome from any academic discipline which can be applied to Historic Conservation – as well as those seeking ongoing professional development.

We will actively consider applications from candidates with lower degrees, who can effectively portray suitable credentials, and usually have an appropriate professional background.