University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Building History

This course combinines British architectural history with practical tuition in interpreting building fabric. Students are taken from a wide variety of backgrounds. The course is heavily taught in the 1st year by invited speakers. Lectures are matched to field trips. The emphasis is on learning to research, record and assess historic buildings. By the end of the 1st year students are expected to be able to date buildings from their details and unravel their evolution. They are also given instruction on how to investigate and survey historic structures. The 2nd year is divided between professional experience and a personal research project which constitutes the thesis.

Entry requirements

Candidates accepted for this course will normally have at least a 2.1 Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.5 or equivalent (with a minimum 7.0 in each component).

Course modules

Core modules include: Research skills; conservation philosophy, law and practice; analysing and recording buildings; building history; landscape and area assessments; architectural photography workshop. Optional modules include: Vernacular buildings; industrial buildings and their conservation; religious buildings; post-war 20th-Century architecture; the country house and its landscape.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSt Full-time £ 5,460 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSt Full-time £ 7,875 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cambridge University Cambridge CB2 1TN East of England

Key information

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