Conservation Architecture MA
MA Conservation Architecture
Are you fascinated by the heritage of historic buildings and the stories behind their structures? If that sounds like you, then this course is the perfect way to take your studies to the next level.
On our MA Conservation Architecture degree course, you'll explore why it's important to retain our heritage sites, the financial constraints and consequences of doing so, the methods available to restore them and the most effective ways to manage heritage buildings.
You'll learn professional, legal, management and administration skills, and we'll provide the expertise and support so you can develop your professional practice. Once you graduate, you'll have all the tools you need for a career in historic building conservation.
The course is professionally accredited and recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – the UK's leading body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts – and covers its areas of competence. The course also follows the education guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO and Council of Europe requirements.
Students can also apply for full IHBC membership after 2 years of professional experience, as opposed to 5 years.
MA Conservation Architecture Master's degree entry requirements
Qualifications or experience
- A good honours degree in a relevant subject such as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Building and Surveying, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
What you'll experience
On this Conservation Architecture degree course, you'll:
- 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 both in the UK and overseas in countries like Turkey, Spain and Australia
- Have the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ by working on real-life contracts through our Projects Office
Careers and opportunities
On completing this course, you'll have the specialist skills to pursue a career within the architectural and planning professions. What's more, you’ll develop historical and technical knowledge, and understand research methodologies applicable to conservation.
The creative skills, professional competencies and expansive learning environment that we provide has also led our graduates to careers in marketing, advertising, journalism, virtual design and even modelling through to people-centred careers such as project management.
Alternatively, you can choose to continue your studies to PhD level.
What can you do with a Conservation Architecture degree?
Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:
- conservation work
- regeneration projects
- heritage management
We'll provide you with as much support as possible in finding employment through close industrial contacts, careers events, recruitment fairs and individual advice.
What you'll study on this MA Conservation Architecture degree course
Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.
You need to study modules worth a total of 180 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 30 credits and 1 module worth 60 credits.
Core units in this year include:
- Conservation and practice
- Conservation: theories
- Research methods and research proposal
Optional units in this year include:
- Foreign exchange trip
- Work based learning
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry.
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the world of historic conservation.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
academicwriting notetaking timemanagement criticalthinking presentationskills referencing workingin groups revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching on this course includes:
- studio-based work
- independent study
You’ll get a timetable 4 weeks before the start of a teaching block.
- October to December – teaching block 1
- January – assessment period 1
- January to May – teaching period 2 (includes Easter break)
- May to June – assessment period 2
- April to September – thesis project
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Wednesdays and Fridays. There may be occasional school trips or visits to London that could take place across the week.
You may occasionally have to attend course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- studio review of design work
- evidence based conservation design decisions and proposals
- research project
Tuition fees (2020 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,800
- Part-time: £2,600 in year 1 and £5,200 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £14,300
- Part-time: £4,770 in year 1 and £9,530 in year 2 (subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
There are costs relating to the purchase of drawing equipment, model making, stationery, reprographic requirements and the production of a portfolio. This may be in the region of £100 - £300 each year. We support digital review of some project assessment work to reduce costs.
If you choose to complete a project not supported by existing University resources, you may wish to purchase extra materials or software. These costs will depend on the nature of the project.
Optional study trips abroad will cost in the region of £300–£500.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us (above) or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.
If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.