Building Conservation & Adaptation

1 year
September 2024

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.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Our Alumni

The best part about the course is the extremely high level of support and commitment from its lecturers who are leaders in their respective fields. My greatest achievement since graduating is gaining my consultant position at Capita and being accepted on to a funded PhD in Environment and Sustainability which I will begin later this year.
Melanie Campbell
Melanie Campbell
Graduate, MSc Building Conservation and Adaptation

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Students attended the Heritage in High Street Regeneration conference at the magnificent Piece Hall, Halifax
Students attended the Heritage in High Street Regeneration conference at the magnificent Piece Hall, Halifax
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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.

Professor Champika Liyanage
Professor in Facilities Management
School of Engineering and Computing

Champika started her journey with us in 2008 as a lecturer. She was able to progress through different roles here as a senior lecturer and reader to a professor. This makes her the first female professor in our School of Engineering. She carries out many key roles here and in the…

Chris O'Flaherty
Course Leader
School of Engineering and Computing

Chris teaches across a range of architecture and construction courses, specialising in building conservation and adaptation. He is the Course Leader in MSc Building Conservation & Adaptation. Chris is an MRICS Chartered Building Surveyor with over 30 years of industry and academi…


  • 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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Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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