You'll learn essential disciplinary knowledge and advanced scholarship techniques with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in sustainable building conservation practice. You will engage with practical and professional issues in a series of focused skills modules from an exciting range of related disciplines and develop your own experience in practice, whilst benefiting from the knowledge of our experienced practitioners.
A voluntary work placement in a conservation organisation in the York region will enhance and focus your practice-based experience and you will develop your research skills in an original, independently conducted research project.
Established in 1972 and drawing on our wide range of department expertise, the Conservation Studies programme from University of York is particularly suitable if you are interested in a broader interdisciplinary approach to conservation such as cultural heritage management, digital heritage, landscapes, period-based or international conservation work.
Careers and skills
Graduates have gone on to careers in archaeology and heritage-related organisations across the UK and abroad. You'll also develop transferable skills that are applicable to a multitude of careers beyond archaeology and heritage.
Previous graduates have gone into roles such as:
- Heritage Consultant
- Conservation Officer
- Building Surveyor
- Planning Officer
- Heritage Crafts
in a variety of organisations:
- National heritage bodies and organisations
- Local authorities
- Heritage consultancy
- Heritage crafts
- Architectural practice
- Charitable sector
The course follows the internationally recognised ICOMOS Guidelines for Education and Training in Conservation.
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- Approaches to conservation
- Issues in cultural heritage conservation
- Practical Building Conservation Skills
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- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.
DisciplinesArchitecture History View 645 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
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- 2:1 or equivalent in Architecture, Archaeology, History, History of Art or Architectural History, or in a relevant allied discipline.
- Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant work experience will be considered.
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International18700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8440 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.
Part-time (2 years)
- UK: £4,220
- International/EU: £9,350
- UK: £2,813
- International/EU: £6,233
Living costs for York
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.