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MA Conservation of the Historic Environment

Course Description


This is a flexible course, allowing students to study and develop their continual professional development (CPD) while working.

The CPD element to this course is delivered in lectures and seminars as well as practical workshops, enabling students to develop and enhance their practical knowledge and skills of conservation practice as well as building materials and conservation. These courses are also offered as part of the course at MA level.

The course structure includes the built environment but takes into account wider issues such as conservation areas, historic landscape characterisation, local identity, the rural environment, and collections management.

It also covers key skills such as the legislative background, presentation and advocacy, and financing conservation. All the courses are delivered over 2 days on a Friday and Saturday.


Core modules: Basic concepts in conservation; Key Skills in Conservation; Conservation of Historic Materials; Project Design and Management; Building Elements and the Historic Environment; Major Project (Dissertation).

Skills-based workshops: The Use of Lime in Historic Buildings; Stone Conservation; 20th Century Materials; Ceramic Building Materials; Ferrous and Non-ferrous Metals in Construction; Structural and Non-Structural Timber; An Introduction to Traditional Estates; Parks and Gardens; Building Recording; Historic Interiors.


Written assignments, practical workshops and dissertation.

Visit the MA Conservation of the Historic Environment page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Candidates require a good honours degree (2.1) and preferably one or more year’s experience which may include voluntary work. Entry at Diploma Level may be considered with those with a skills background eg Bricklayer – City and Guilds, or NVQs.Candidates who wish to transfer with existing credits from other institutions must contact the Academic Director in the first instance to see whether these are transferable and acceptable against part of the Conservation of the Historic Environment degree.

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