M.Sc. On Campus

Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage

University of Strathclyde

12 months
21850 GBP/year
10600 GBP/year
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The Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at The University of Strathclyde is a platform for: collaboration with both practice and research partners, architectural critique, discussion and debate.  


Architectural conservation - the action of conserving built heritage while maintaining its values - is practiced differently across the world; sometimes not at all due to cultural and economic constraints.

All full-time students take instructional classes and a design project in the first two semesters. MSc students then complete a dissertation project.  

The Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at The University of Strathclyde is informed by the outcomes of the research being carried out at the Architectural Design and Conservation Research Unit (ADCRU).  It is a platform for collaboration with both practice and research partners; architectural critique, discussion and debate are fundamental parts of the course.


Areas of employment for graduates are numerous.  They can work as independent professionals in conservation or for architectural firms all over the worlds.

Potential careers include:

  • conservation architect in architectural firms
  • conservation engineer in engineering firms
  • conservation Officer in local authorities
  • work in UK government agencies: Historic Scotland, English Heritage, CadW and the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland
  • architect/conservation officer in other countries for government and local authorities
  • work in UK and internationally architect/conservation officer for conservation organisations and charities such as UNESCO, ICOMOS, Council of Europe, ICCROM

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Theory of Conservation
  •  Architectural and Construction History
  •  Legislation and Regulations
  •  Survey
  •  Preliminary Studies and Investigations in Architectural Heritage
  •  Materials and Decay
  •  Urban Design History
  •  Urban Theory
  •  Real Estate Development
  •  Urban Design Policy and Practice
  •  Sustainability
  •  Construction Project Management
  •  Building Information Management
  •  Urban Landscape Design
  •  Cultural and Behavioural Factors in Architecture and Urbanism 
  •  Conservation Design Project
  •  Structural Repairs and Strengthening
  •  Conservation Materials Technology
  •  Dissertation & Elaboration of Conservation Design Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a first or second-class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in Architecture, Structural or Civil Engineering. 
  • Consideration will also be given to candidates with other relevant professional qualifications in a discipline related to the built environment and/or professional experience. 
  •  Evidence of motivation will be sought. A portfolio of project work may be required from studio-based first qualification holders.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21850 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 21850 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10600 GBP per year during 12 months.

Rest of UK: £10,600

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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