Building Conservation & Adaptation

1 Year
September 2023
Campus Taught

This course focuses on the repair, conservation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites, with the primary aims of conserving significance and sustaining active use.

Why study with us

  • Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
  • Our industry connections provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with some of the biggest names in the heritage sector.
  • You’ll be taught by expert practitioners with extensive knowledge and experience working within the historic built environment.

What you’ll do

  • Through regular workshops and site visits, you’ll be able to network with industry professionals including many of our alumni, all enjoying successful careers in the heritage sector.
  • Opportunities to work on hands-on projects. Recent students have carried out research in partnership with Historic England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, local authorities, and others.
  • The course equips you with the skills necessary to flourish in the heritage sector, using real life case studies as the basis for analysis and skill development.

Module overview

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Academic expertise

You’ll be taught by expert practitioners with extensive knowledge and experience working within the historic built environment. The course team, which includes Chartered Surveyors and Chartered Architects, has a long association with many heritage projects and excellent links with industry professionals, which enables ‘live’ projects to form the basis of our teaching, practical workshops and site visits. This ensures that your learning experience extends well beyond theory and deep into the realms of working practise.


  • This course has been accredited by the RICS, the globally recognised professional body which promotes the highest international standards in land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Accreditation can lead to high level career opportunities in large organisations and private practice.
  • 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.

We have close links with organisations across the heritage sector who often contribute case study material, workshop visits and work experience opportunities for our students. These include:

Future careers

This course has been running for over two decades and has a successful track record of equipping students with the skills and experience they need to forge successful careers working within the heritage sector and the historic built environment.

Study in our Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

During your studies with us you’ll benefit from our new £35 million EIC building which provides an integrated teaching space in state-of-the-art facilities.

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

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