UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Sustainable Heritage MSc

UCL's Sustainable Heritage MSc introduces you to the latest conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes and collections.

Programme highlights

  • Gain valuable insight into the latest heritage management policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes, museums and collections.
  • Study novel and cross-disciplinary methods for sustaining heritage – and become a future heritage leader.
  • Examine fresh and leading frameworks in enabling heritage to drive sustainable development.
  • Work on real-life heritage projects as part of your training.
  • Be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of excellent students from across the world.

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About the programme

Designed for a new generation of heritage leaders, this MSc provides the interdisciplinary skills needed to deliver the heritage projects of the future by approaching historic buildings, museums, collections, sites and landscapes with heritage management and conservation best practice.

Students are encouraged to take a long view of preservation and heritage management and challenged to define problems, set objectives and explore a range of sustainability issues and strategies. Concepts of value, sustainability, life expectancy, stewardship, ownership, vulnerability and risk are combined with the scientific study of historic materials, assemblies, technologies and systems.

One of the highlights of the programme is the two-week study visit to Malta. Watch the video below to see footage from the 2016 trip:

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Key information

Start date

September 2019

Entry requirements

See the entry requirements for this programme on the UCL Graduate Prospectus


  • The programme can be studied full-time for one year, part-time for two years or on a modular/flexible basis from two to five years.
  • A Postgraduate Diploma route is available, with fees set accordingly.

Fees and funding


MSc and PG Diploma students take the taught elements of the programme, which consist of four compulsory core modules and an oral examination. Additionally, MSc students complete a dissertation.

Compulsory modules

  • Sustainability and Heritage Value
  • Heritage Materials and Assemblies
  • Project Planning, Management and Maintenance

Optional modules

  • Strategies for Sustainable Landscapes
  • Strategies for Sustainable Buildings


All MSc students submit a 10,000-word dissertation on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Industry links


This programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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Careers and employability

Students who have enrolled on our programme range from architects to surveyors and curators, and include many who have never previously worked in the heritage sector.

Students from this programme have gone on to work in a variety of renowned institutions, including The National Trust, English Heritage, the Office of Public Works in Ireland, Historic England and the UK Government Art Collection.

Student testimonials

Thanks to the skills, knowledge and confidence I acquired through the Sustainable Heritage MSc, I’ve successfully incorporated my previous professional skills into a new and fulfilling direction...
Sally Sabbahy (Sustainable Heritage MSc student 2016–17)

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Teaching and learning

Course structure

The MSc uses a block-teaching model: each module starts with a reading period, followed by two weeks of intensive classroom teaching, visits and case studies, and concludes with a piece of individual coursework. The flexible, modular nature of the programme is intended to support busy professionals interested in furthering their education. It has also proved useful for full-time students, as they can concentrate on one assignment at a time.


    The Sustainable Heritage MSc programme draws upon the full range of expertise offered by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage's extensive team of professors and lecturers working in the field.

    Our staff are some of the world's most respected experts in the discipline of heritage. They produce both substantial scholarly work at the centre and highly innovative work at the leading edge of the field. As experienced teachers, they also lead seminars, give lectures, offer one-to-one tutorials and engage directly with students.

    Key staff

    Dr Kalliopi Fouseki
    Programme Director and Senior Lecturer for Sustainable Heritage MSc 
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    Dr Alejandra Albuerne
    Assistant Director for Sustainable Heritage MSc
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    Dr Katherine Curran
    Assistant Director for Sustainable Heritage MSc
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    Other staff

    Professor May Cassar
    Director, Institute for Sustainable Heritage 
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    Dr Matija Strlic
    Professor of Heritage Science
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    Dr Josep Grau-Bove
    Lecturer in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology
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    Why study at The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage?

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    Further information

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