Architectural Conservation, M.Sc. | The University of Edinburgh | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
12 months
25300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The highly regarded Architectural Conservation programme at The University of Edinburgh is more than 40 years old; it is the longest-established graduate historic preservation programme in Scotland or its neighbouring nations.


Whether you are approaching the field from an architectural, historical, geological or other viewpoint, this Architectural Conservation programme at The University of Edinburgh will guide you through the foundations and challenges of this important means of nurturing cultural and national identity.

You will benefit from learning in a World Heritage city, and from the wealth of academic and intellectual activities associated with an internationally-renowned university.

You will be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), a specialist teaching and research unit that provides the depth of expertise and resources that ensures this programme is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

Volunteering opportunities are normally also available through our partnerships with relevant organisations, allowing you to flex your skills in a practical setting.

Career opportunities

This programme aims to provide students with the broad base of knowledge and skills necessary to embark on a career in one of the many professional sub-disciplines of historic preservation, ranging from heritage management to conservation architecture.

Crucially, your qualification will be extremely well-regarded thanks to its recognition by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the UK’s official organisation of architectural preservation professionals.

Programme Structure

The programme is assessed through:

  • individual written papers
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • report writing

Since the onset of the Covid pandemic in 2020, the programme has been restructured to allow for an element of hybrid learning, combining in-person teaching with online lectures and course reading.

Subject to any remaining social distancing restrictions, field trips within Scotland and England (and hopefully overseas) will give you the chance to explore conservation issues in other settings.

Following the taught courses, you will research and write a dissertation of around 14,000–15,000 words on an aspect of architectural conservation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

We may also consider your application if you have relevant professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Please ensure your personal statement addresses the following points:

  • Architectural conservation: why and how are you interested in it? Please explain your specific interests within this broad field.
  • How do you envisage that the programme will support your future ambitions in career and life?
  • Which aspect of the advertised MSc Architectural Conservation programme description, or which other considerations, made you decide to apply for the programme?

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP per year during 12 months.


Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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