Conservation of Buildings MSc

Postgraduate taught (27 months part-time)


January 2018, September 2017

Tuesday 10am-5pm


Define and explore the concepts and practicalities of conservation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings. Our course is fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and you’ll benefit from our established links with leading organisations such as English Heritage.

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We take pride in giving our graduates a great start as highly-qualified individuals whose knowledge and experience are well matched to the current needs of the industry. Career opportunities include specialist consultancy, local authority conservation and specialist statutory (building) control posts, and historic building and heritage asset management. You’re also in the perfect position to continue your academic career and move up to our Built Environment PhD.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • The Science and Economics of Historic Buildings
    Gain the knowledge and competencies to assess the types of materials used in the construction of traditional buildings and evaluate suitable alternatives for the maintenance, repair, alteration and extension of a range of properties. You’ll investigate the influence of geography, geology, social and economic influences upon historic fabric in our East Anglian region.
  • Conservation and Legislation of Heritage Buildings
    Develop an understanding of building conservation policies and legislation, their history and philosophy. You'll gain skills and knowledge in inspection, recording and building adaptation, illustrating value judgments on conservation issues. We'll also compare and contrast UK and overseas legislation.
  • Facilities Management of Heritage Buildings
    Our module has been designed as a 'consultancy project' to introduce the concepts of professional facilities management, enabling students to acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and competencies required to critically analyse facilities management programmes and audits. To aid organisational efficiency, the module looks at ways in which more effective use can be made of buildings and building systems.
  • Research Design and Methods
    Gain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You’ll get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You’ll develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues.
  • Surveying the Historic Building
    Study architectural history and the identification of traditional building periods and classical influences in all types of historic buildings. You’ll focus on vernacular architecture, studying local needs, construction materials and reflecting local traditions as well as how it evolves over time to reflect the environmental, cultural, technological, economic, and historical context. You’ll learn about specialist surveying techniques, the preparation of plans and measured drawings as well as the science and economics of historic buildings.
  • Masters Project
    You'll chose an independent research topic from an area of expertise within our department (subject to availability of suitable supervision) and will conduct a significant research project in that area which may involve a literature review, data collection, analysis and a write-up. The final piece of work should be equivalent to a maximum of 12,000 words.


We’ll assess you on your understanding and skill in applying the relevant technologies. These will include practical software projects and presentations, along with written assignments, and your final dissertation.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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