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Conservation of the Historic Environment (Flexible) (MSc)

Course Description

The School of Real Estate & Planning now delivers this successful and long running Conservation of the Historic Environment programme. The programme offers a blend of academic rigour and applied practical application. Each module draws upon the specialist knowledge and skills of experts in their field. The programme will enable you to gain the academic and professional competencies you need to succeed in this field. Your learning is based around interactive workshop sessions, practical demonstrations, site visits and personal study. Each module is introduced by a four-day block of lectures and site visits based at our Grade II*-listed campus at Henley-on-Thames.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/postgraduate/course/msc-conservation-of-the-historic-environment-flexible

Modules include:

• Understanding of the Historic Environment
• History of Buildings
• Heritage Law and Economics
• Survey and Assessment of Historic Environment
• Management of Historic Assets.

How we teach you

Similar to corporate training methods, our flexible courses are based around relatively short periods of intensive study which are then reinforced by your experience in practice and web-based learning materials. You will attend the University for short blocks of study when there are opportunities to experience a range of learning methods. Each modules runs for either 4 or 5 days and are held from Monday to Thursday or Monday to Friday. The timings of each module can be seen on the timetables available via the links below.

You are encouraged to contribute your own knowledge and experience in order to extend the learning opportunities. The flexibility of the courses means that there are no stages or parts to the degree. You work towards the Masters qualification by fulfilling requirements for 180 credits. There is also the possibility of gaining a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). It is also possible to take individual modules as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme.

Our courses are designed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All of our courses are regularly updated to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing industry.

Teaching: 4-day block of lectures and site visits at the Greenlands campus at Henley-on-Thames

School of Real Estate and Planning

Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school. Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.

We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

Henley Business School

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Careers and accreditations

Graduates from this programme will have the specialist knowledge and competence to find employment with a large number of conservation bodies such as Historic England, National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces, local and central government, planning, surveying and architectural, consultancies and corporate entities where their portfolios include historic buildings.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist programme and is also fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.


Real Estate and Planning at the University of Reading offers world-class, internationally renowned postgraduate courses spanning real estate, spatial planning and rural land management.

We are recognised as a global leader in the provision of executive education to the real estate and related professions. Our courses combine first-class research with cutting-edge practical insights.

With courses of a high academic and professional standard, we educate the future leaders of the real estate and planning professions. All our lectures are given by academic members of staff or by visiting speakers from senior positions in relevant professions. You will be taught by some of the leading players in the field, both academic and practitioner.

We undertake research funded by the research councils, charitable foundations, industry and government. Our research is internationally renowned as academically rigorous and policy relevant. As a postgraduate student you will have access to our cutting-edge research, ensuring that you are at the forefront of the field.

Real Estate and Planning is a key component of Henley Business School. We are the only major UK real estate centre to be located within a business school, reflecting our close and long-standing collaborative relationship with industry.

Visit the Conservation of the Historic Environment (Flexible) (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university. Five years relevant practical experience plus a demonstrable practical conservation skill will be considered on an exceptional basis.

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