With its stunning blend of medieval, neo-classical and modern architecture, and its unique concentration of national cultural institutions, Edinburgh is the ideal city in which to develop postgraduate skills in historic preservation. You’ll be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), Edinburgh College of Art’s specialist teaching and research unit, based in the city’s Old Town and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students on our MSc Architectural Conservation programme come to Edinburgh from all over the world, and from a wide range of disciplinary first degree backgrounds, including architecture, history, planning, engineering and interior design.
This highly regarded programme is over forty years old - the longest established graduate historic preservation programme in the UK.
Using Edinburgh’s position as a World Heritage Site, the programme focuses on the themes of conservation theory, criticism and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; World Heritage; 20th-century architectural heritage; and the challenges of reconciling heritage and new architecture. In addition to formal teaching, Edinburgh’s dense network of heritage organisations provides varied opportunities for placements, and our international academic links are rapidly developing.
Historic preservation presents a broad range of career possibilities. On graduation, you’ll have the broad knowledge base and skills to pursue whichever you choose, from heritage management to conservation architectural design. Crucially, your qualification will be extremely well regarded, thanks to its recognition by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the UK’s official organisation of architectural preservation professionals.