University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth School of Architecture

MSc Historic Building Conservation



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc Historic Building Conservation

Format: Campus

Program Description:

About this course >> If you have a passion and enthusiasm for the heritage of historic buildings and structures, and wish to specialise in this area, this course is ideal. You can explore why it is important to retain such heritage sites, the financial constraints and consequences of doing so, the methods available to restore them and how heritage can be managed to best effect. Experience >> On this course you can: • Get involved with some of our regional regeneration projects to test and develop your ideas • Undertake studio-based design projects and engage with our other collaborative projects with academic institutions in a range of countries including Turkey, Spain and Australia • Have the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ by working on real-life contracts through our Projects Office Opportunities >> The course is also professionally accredited and follows the education guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS ), UNESCO and Council of Europe requirements. It is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and covers its areas of competence. It is also accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and prepares architects and surveyors to accreditation standards (AABC and RICS Building Conservation Forum), facilitating work on English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund-funded projects. Students can also apply for full IHBC membership after two years of professional experience, as opposed to five years. Here are some routes our graduates have pursued: • conservation work • consultancy • regeneration projects • heritage management


1 Year (Full Time); 2 Years (Part-Time). Accrediting bodies: Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

International Student Requirements:

Predominantly English-speaking applicants have no requirements. For all other applicants – English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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