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Mode of Study

Full-time, Part-time

Duration

1 year full-time (September start), 17 months full-time (January start), 2 years part-time (September start)

Start date

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024

Accredited

Yes

Overview

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 this MA Architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation degree, 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.

Exit award

This degree is an exit award—or 'pathway'—of our MA Architecture degree course. You must apply for that course and select certain modules to graduate with this exit award.

Find out more about the modules you'll need to choose in What you'll study.

Course highlights

  • 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

Accreditation

Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) logo

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 award also follows the education guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO and Council of Europe requirements.

Graduates from MA Architecture: Building and Heritage Conservation can also apply for full IHBC membership after two years of relevant professional experience, as opposed to five years through the normal route.

What you'll study

Full-time

There are both core and optional modules in the full-time version of MA Architecture.

You can choose any of the optional modules to build your specialisation, but you'll need to complete the modules in bold to graduate with the Building and Heritage Conservation exit award.

Core modules

  • Research Methods – 30 credits
  • Thesis – 60 credits

Optional modules

All optional modules are 30 credits each.

  • Conservation: Theories
  • Conservation and Practice
  • Creative Theories: Thinking and Making
  • Landscape and Urban Design Strategy: Design Ecologies
  • Spatial Practices: Thinking and Making
  • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences
  • Interior Practices: Design Project
  • Landscape and Urban Design: Making Places
  • Spatial Practices: Situated Ecologies
  • Work-based Learning Opportunity

Part-time

There are no core modules in the part-time version of this course.

You can choose any of the optional modules to build your specialisation, but you'll need to complete the modules in bold to graduate with the Building and Heritage Conservation exit award.

Optional modules

All optional modules are 30 credits each.

  • Conservation: Theories
  • Conservation and Practice
  • Creative Theories: Thinking and Making
  • Landscape and Urban Design Strategy: Design Ecologies
  • Spatial Practices: Thinking and Making
  • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences
  • Interior Practices: Design Project
  • Landscape and Urban Design: Making Places
  • Spatial Practices: Situated Ecologies
  • Work-based Learning Opportunity

There are core and optional modules in Year 2 of the part-time version of this course.

Core modules

  • Research Methods – 30 credits
  • Thesis – 60 credits

Optional modules

All optional modules are 30 credits each.

  • Integration of Transdisciplinary Experiences
  • Work-based Learning Opportunity

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 Building and Heritage Conservation degree?

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • conservation work
  • consultancy
  • 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.

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.

How you'll spend your time

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • studio-based work
  • independent study
  • group-work

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed through:

  • studio review of design work
  • evidence based conservation design decisions and proposals
  • research project

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project / dissertation.

January start

Courses that start in January have the same amount of teaching as September-start courses, but they normally run over a longer time period.

January-start courses normally run between 14–18 months, beginning in January and ending in the spring / summer of the following year. There are breaks at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. In the last few months you’ll be writing your project / dissertation.

See key dates

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.

In addition to the support you get from your personal tutor, you’ll also have access to a Faculty student support advisor. They can give you confidential, impartial advice on anything to do with your studies and personal wellbeing and refer you to specialist support services.
If you need support with software and equipment or you want to learn additional skills (including skills not covered on your course), our creative skills tutors provide free workshops, activities and one-on-one tutorials. Skills you can learn include life drawing, film camera operation and video production.

You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • understanding and using assignment feedback
  • managing your time and workload
  • revision and exam techniques
Computing support staff are always available to give technical support in the Faculty's computer suites during normal working hours. There's also some support available from 5.00pm to midnight at busy times of the year.

As well as support from faculty 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:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2023 / January 2024 start)

UK, Channel Islands, and Isle of Man students

  • Full-time: £8,500
  • Part-time: £2,830 in year 1 and £5,670 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students

(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £8,500
  • Part-time: £2,830 in year 1 and £5,670 in year 2 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £17,200
  • Part-time: £5,730 in year 1 and £11,470 in year 2 (subject to annual increase)

    Funding your studies

    Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

    If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

    If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

    Loans, scholarships and bursaries

    Browse funding such as the Government Postgraduate Loan, our scholarships for new and returning students, and subject specific loans.

    Explore funding

    Funding for international students

    Learn more about sponsorships, scholarships and loans for students applying from outside of the UK.

    international business students
    Discover your options

    Fees and funding for postgraduate taught courses

    Discover how you can fund your postgraduate studies at Portsmouth – including loans, scholarships and bursaries – and read our guidance on topics like how to budget, and how to get support if you're disabled or have dependents.

    Explore funding

    Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

    • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
    • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
    • General costs: Such as photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
    • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

    Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

    Entry requirements

    To do this degree, you need to apply for the MA Architecture course. This is because it's a ‘pathway’ degree.

    You’ll study Architecture in depth and choose modules required for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) accreditation. You’ll graduate with a MA Architecture: Building Heritage and Conservation degree when you finish the course.

    These are the entry requirements for the MA Architecture course.

    January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 start

    A good honours degree in a relevant subject, such as

    • Architecture
    • Interior Architecture
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Urban Design
    • Civil Engineering
    • Building Surveying
    • Geography
    • Spatial Practices
    • Fine Art
    • Other design-related subject

    Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject applies to this degree.

    Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    If you don't have relevant qualifications and/or experience, you'll need to provide a portfolio to support your application.

    If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, you’ll need to show you meet the UK entry requirements listed above.

    To find out if your non-UK degree or other qualification is accepted, please visit our page for your country and view the UK equivalent of your qualification. 

    • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (or equivalent) with no component score below 6.0.

    You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

    • you have a UK degree
    • you have a degree from a majority English-speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
    • you are a national of a majority English-speaking country

    Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English-speaking countries will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

    If you do not 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.

    Apply

    Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

    There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start dates in September and January, as long as there are places available. If you wait until your start month to apply, you may find that the course is full. 

    If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

    You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

    Extra information for international students

    If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

    You could also 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.

    Ready to apply?

    To do this degree, you need to apply for the MA Architecture course. This is because it's a ‘pathway’ degree.

    You’ll study Architecture in depth and choose modules required for the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) accreditation. You’ll graduate with a MA Architecture: Building Heritage and Conservation degree when you finish the course.

    Standard applications

    Start this course in September 2023

    Apply now (Full-time)

    Apply now (Part-time)

    Start this course in January 2024

    Apply now (Full-time)

    I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

    If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

    • a shorter application form to complete
    • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
    • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

    Learn more about fast track

    After you apply

    Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

    You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

    Learn more about how we assess your application.

    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.