MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment (Flexible)

Course overview

The programme will enable you to gain the academic and professional competencies you need to succeed in this field. It offers a blend of academic rigour and applied practical application. Each module draws upon the specialist knowledge and skills of a number of outstanding experts in conservation and related fields.

The programme will enable you to gain the academic and professional competencies you need to succeed in this field. Your learning is based around interactive workshop sessions, practical demonstrations, site visits and personal study. Each module is introduced by a four-day block of lectures and site visits based at our Grade II*-listed campus at Henley-on-Thames.

The aim of the flexible MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment programme is to develop your understanding of this important field. It will enable you to approach the issues that you will face in a competent and professional manner.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist programme and is also fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation. 

All modules on this programme can also be taken as stand-alone CPD courses.

From 2016/17 the government is introducing tuition fee loans for postgraduates

MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment Timetable 2016 - 17

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For more information please contact Henry Russell by email at h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 4257.

How we teach you

Similar to corporate training methods, our flexible courses are based around relatively short periods of intensive study which are then reinforced by your experience in practice and web-based learning materials. You will attend the University for short blocks of study when there are opportunities to experience a range of learning methods. Each module runs for 4 days from Tuesday to Friday. The timings of each module can be seen on the timetables available via the link below.

You are encouraged to contribute your own knowledge and experience in order to extend the learning opportunities. The flexibility of the courses means that there are no stages or parts to the degree. You work towards the Masters qualification by fulfilling requirements for 180 credits. There is also the possibility of gaining a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). It is also possible to take individual modules as part of a Continuing Professional Development programme.

Our courses are designed and delivered by internationally-renowned experts, with a wealth of academic and professional experience. All of our courses are regularly updated to maintain their relevance in a rapidly changing industry.

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For more information please contact Henry Russell by email at h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 4257.

How to apply

There are two different application processes: apply online and apply by post.

The quickest and easiest way to apply for Postgraduate study at Henley Business School, at the University of Reading is through the University’s online application service.

This allows you to complete your application information, attach electronic copies of your academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also provides a facility for an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to us.

Apply online

Apply online now using the University of Reading's online application system.

Apply by post

If you are unable to apply online you can request a paper application form by telephoning +44(0) 118 378 5289 or writing to the Admissions Office, University of Reading, Miller Building, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AB, UK.

When to apply

There is no deadline for applications to our part time programmes and applicants can join the course at one of the four entry points throughout the year: September, December, April and June.

After you apply

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your application form. Your application is then reviewed by a member of academic staff. Successful applicants will be notified by email in the first instance, and once a start date has been agreed, you will receive a formal offer letter outlining any necessary entry criteria you will need to meet, and you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of this offer.

Throughout the admissions process we will keep you updated with key information via email. 

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For more information please contact Henry Russell by email at h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 4257.

Meet us

If you are unable to attend of the events listed below, please get in touch with our team.  We will be happy to speak to you by telephone, on Skype or through our Live Chat system (during UK office hours: 9 - 5 pm).

Our contact details are: postgraduate@henley.ac.uk or telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 7593.

Please see our full list of world fairs where you can meet a Henley representative. 

 

 

 

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For more information please contact Henry Russell by email at h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 4257.

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For more information please contact Henry Russell by email at h.j.g.russell@reading.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0) 118 378 4257.

Why Henley?

Duration: 24-72 months part-time

Teaching: 4-day block of lectures and site visits at the Greenlands campus at Henley-on-Thames

Entry requirements: An upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university

Five years relevant practical experience plus a demonstrable practical conservation skill will be considered on an exceptional basis.

From 2016/17 the government is introducing tuition fee loans for postgraduates

The Conservation of the Historic Environment Programme

The Conservation of the Historic Environment programme has a high reputation with former students now working in senior positions in Historic England, National Trust, local authorities as well as surveying, architectural and engineering practices.

School of Real Estate and Planning

Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school.  Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.

We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

 

Henley Business School

Our School is the largest in the UK for teaching and research in real estate and planning. Established in 1968 at the University of Reading, we are the only major UK real estate and planning centre to be located within a business school.  Being part of the Henley Business School reflects our close and longstanding collaborative relationship with industry.

We enjoy a worldwide reputation for excellence in both teaching and research and we are consistently highly ranked in all major league tables. We undertake internationally recognised, leading edge research into real estate, planning and land and we offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, all of which are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Our planning courses are also fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Our programmes are held in high regard by leading employers, many of whom come to us each year to recruit our graduates. We are proud of our outstanding employment record, with more than 95% of our students entering graduate level jobs within 6 months of leaving us.

Consistently maintain highest standards: Henley is in top 1% of business schools worldwide to hold accreditation from all three bodies in the UK, Europe and US

Excellent networking potential : 70,000 Henley alumni in 150 countries

High calibre students: always oversubscribed, 1,000 ambitious new Masters students join Henley each year

Award winning campus: beautiful, green, 134 hectares, with state of the art facilities

World-leading faculty: widely published, frequently asked for expert comment by media and to speak at events

Part of world top 1% ranked university: Reading has a global reputation for its learning experience and employability potential.

Course modules

Module descriptions are correct for modules taught in the academic year 2016/17. Optional module listings are indicative, and may be subject to change.

Module Name Credits

Modules

Core Modules

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

40 [20 ECTS credits]

Optional Modules

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

20 [10 ECTS credits]

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Fees and funding

The 2016 fees for the MSc Conservation of the Historic Environment will be £1,100 per module for Home and EU students and £1,500 per module for Overseas (non EU) students.

All modules can be taken on a Continuing Professional Development basis at a fee of £750 per module.

 

Henley Business School is pleased to announce that a loan is available through Santander to assist Henley Business School programme members with funding across our portfolio of part-time programmes, including postgraduate courses. Participants who are studying whilst continuing employment now have the opportunity to borrow up to £20,000 to help towards their course fees. Rates from 4.3% APR on loans from £7,500 to £15,000. See the Santander Loan document for terms and more detail.

For more information please contact Edward Willoughby on 05511486340 or email.

(UK applicants only)

Applicants who normally live in the UK (for a minimum of three years) can apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan to borrow between £300 and £10,000. This is a bank loan, with interest charged at a commercial fixed rate.

How to apply for a Career Development Loan

See Professional and Career Development Loans.


The University provides opportunities to students from a wide range of backgrounds, who have the desire and ability to succeed. There are a range of scholarships and bursaries on offer for postgraduate students. For further information see: Money matters, costs and budgets for postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

Part Time Real Estate Programmes

Entrants to this programme are normally required to have obtained a good (normally upper second class honours) undergraduate degree in any cognate or non-cognate discipline. Entrants should be in relevant graduate level employment.

Students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of proficiency.

IELTS (British Council International English Language Test): Score of 7.0 overall with no component less than 6.0
Internet Based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):  Score of at least 100 with a minimum of 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.

An upper second-class honours degree from a UK university, or the equivalent from an internationally recognised university
Five years relevant practical experience plus a demonstrable practical conservation skill will also be considered.

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Careers and accreditations

Graduates from this programme will have the specialist knowledge and competence to find employment with a large number of conservation bodies such as Historic England, National Trust and Historic Royal Palaces, local and central government, planning, surveying and architectural, consultancies and corporate entities where their portfolios include historic buildings.

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, is accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute as a specialist programme and is also fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

What our students say

"The face-to-face sessions are always enjoyable. A wide variety of teaching styles are used from hands-on demonstrations to presentations on key information such as legislation. Especially welcome is the respect for students' own experience: lively discussion and debate, always facilitated by Henry Russell so well, provide an excellent learning opportunity."
Diana Coulter

"My thanks to ... Henry Russell for being an amazing and inspirational teacher throughout the whole course" Kayleigh Wood

"I would like to thank you for helping me achieve the MSc. I found the course extremely challenging and very rewarding"
Andrew Carpenter

"An engineering/IT-based background was no detriment to making a career change into the world of building conservation. Henry Russell’s in-depth knowledge of ecclesiastical planning matters, vernacular architecture and traditional building materials provided stimulating material for several lectures and his patient, balanced style of presentation was a major contribution in yielding positive learning outcomes."
Malcolm James