MSc in Historic Conservation
The MSc in Historic Conservation examines the principles, procedures and practices of the preservation and conservation of historic structures and sites within the context of the wider built environment and the town planning process.
The course follows the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) guidelines on education and training, is multidisciplinary and develops knowledge and skills in historic conservation and independent study and research capabilities. The teaching programme covers the knowledge, skills and professional capabilities identified by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) as the foundation for professional practice.
By enhancing research, analytical and prescriptive capabilities in conservation, graduates from the course are well-qualified to assist the research, conservation and enhancement of the built environment.
The course is taught jointly at Oxford Brookes University and at the Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford and is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
Teaching learning and assessment
Teaching and learning methods reflect the variety of topics and techniques associated with historic conservation. These include lectures, directed reading, workshops, seminars, and practical and project work. Most modules also include site visits and/or fieldwork, which provide students with direct experience of the practical application of conservation principles.
Assessment is 100 per cent coursework-based.
The results of the UK-wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008 show that Oxford Brookes is a major player in international research in the fields of Architecture and the Built Environment, and Town and Country Planning. They also show that Built Environment at Brookes, which includes the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) as its primary research vehicle, is ranked fifth in the country in terms of Research Power.
The Historic Conservation team has an excellent record of research for organisations such as the EU, English Heritage and the government Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Teaching staff are drawn from Built Environment teaching staff at Brookes and from the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. Visiting speakers from central and local government, conservation agencies, business and industry, consultancies, research bodies and other university departments provide further input bringing that real-world experience to the course.
The course is recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
Historic Conservation attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. Applications are welcome from any relevant academic discipline, as well as those in work and seeking continuing professional development. Admission is normally open to those with a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) or other professional qualification relevant to historic conservation, or an appropriate professional background.