University of York

University of York

Conservation Studies

If you are interested in a career in heritage or historic building conservation, the Conservation Studies gives you the theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience you will need for a professional role in the sector.The core of the MA in Conservation Studies covers the history and philosophy of historic environment conservation, and provides a critical understanding of contemporary issues in building conservation practice. Theoretical elements of the course are complemented by a wide choice of short �skills modules�, which focus on developing your knowledge of the specialist skills that are an essential part of professional practice.This programme is also available to study at Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate level.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a good honours degree (upper second or first class) or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution in Architecture, Archaeology, History, History of Art or Architectural History, or in a relevant allied discipline � we welcome a diverse range of backgrounds. Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered.

Course modules

Modules: Approaches to conservation; Issues in cultural heritage conservation. Further optional modules: Cultural heritage management1 - concepts principles and practice; analysing historic buildings; Concepts of landscape; Digital publication and web technologies; Cultural heritage management 2- museums audiences and interpretation; Historic interiors; Interpreting historic buildings; analysis and visualisation. Plus four shorter skills modules: Heritage protection; Topographical survey; Buildings survey; Geophysical survey; Characterisation; Conservation solutions; Geographical Information systems; Virtual reality modelling; Debates in museum theory and practice; Project management skills; Practical building conservation; modern matters - conserving recent heritage.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
Telephone number: 
01904 323963