UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage



Everyone has a stake in their cultural heritage. UCL ISH trains the future conservators of that heritage, and carries out research leading to innovative, sustainable solutions.

Cultural heritage is a field that has quickly gained recognition and value in the worlds of management, hard science and industry. And it’s one that attracts – and demands – a rich mix of people, backgrounds and disciplines to answer complex, searching questions.

Our student body includes many from the fields of science, engineering, architecture, curation, conservation, interior design, marketing and property development, who come to our programmes with very different perspectives on heritage issues with a willingness to have their views informed and formed.

Our MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology and MSc Sustainable Heritage use innovative teaching techniques that encourage students to develop their own strong voice in areas where opinions are often divided and debate can be fierce.

We encourage students to take risks and think independently, while recognising the perspectives of their colleagues. Teaching is led by our highly accomplished academic staff, with support from practising professionals, to give a strong grounding in real-world issues.

We also host an EPSRC funded center for doctoral training SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology), which provides fully-funded four-year integrated MRes and PhD studentships to eligible students.  All studentships are advertised as separate research projects and will be announced throughout the year; note that there is not one application period. To receive notifications for new studentships when advertised, please visit the SEAHA website.

UCL ISH is part of The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources (BSEER), along with the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, the UCL Energy Institute and the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. The role of the School is to facilitate the Institutes and help them establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies.