UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage



Everybody has a stake in cultural heritage. We educate and train future heritage professionals, and carry out research leading to innovative, sustainable heritage solutions.

Do you want to become a future heritage leader? Are you willing to be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of excellent students from across the world and work on real life heritage projects as part of your training? If yes, our programmes are for you.

Find out more about: Master's | MPhil/PhD | Funding and scholarships


We have developed three routes for the Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc, matching the needs of the heritage sector and training a new generation of heritage practitioners with specialist expertise in Heritage Science, Heritage Management and Data Science. Will you be a heritage scientist, heritage manager or data scientist? Find out more about the degrees below or check out our overiew of each route.

People in lab coats working in front of Bloomsbury Heritage Science Laboratory

Heritage Science

There is a need for highly trained practitioners with the ability to apply rigorous scientific and technical knowledge to solve cultural heritage challenges. The Heritage Science route of the Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc will introduce you to a unique assembly of scientific disciplines. With access to world-leading scientific facilities, you will learn a range of analytical techniques and scientific methods and apply them to real-world heritage challenges.

Students looking at museum exhibits in Malta

Heritage Management

Designed for a new generation of heritage leaders, the Heritage Management route of the Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc will provide you with  the interdisciplinary skills needed to deliver the heritage programmes and projects of the future. You will learn the latest in heritage management policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes, museums and collections.


Data Science

Digital technologies and data have a fundamental role in contemporary society, and cultural heritage is no exception. From historic buildings, sites, landscapes, museums and collections, the world of heritage provides an exciting setting to learn and apply data science skills. The Data Science route of Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc will create expert data scientists taught through the exciting multidisciplinary lens of cultural heritage.

What is it like to study a Sustainable Heritage MSc?

We've gathered a collection of alumni testimonials, stories about our student's fieldwork and videos of students presenting their dissertation research to give you a sense of what it is like to study a Sustainable Heritage Masters at UCL.

Find out more about Sustainable Heritage Master's student life  


Our MPhil/PhD students are producing their own groundbreaking research across heritage science, policy and management. Find out more about our postgraduate researchers work and learn how to start your own Sustainable Heritage MPhil/PhD journey.

Sustainable Heritage MPhil/PhD

Find out more about our MPhil/PhD programme and what steps you need to take to start your application.

Postgraduate research stories

We’ve gathered student spotlights and examples of our MPhil/PhD students research creating real-world impact to give you a sense of what it is like undertaking postgraduate research with us.

Our MPhil/PhD students

Check out our MPhil/PhD student directory and discover the array of postgraduate sustainable heritage research currently taking place at UCL.

Funding and scholarships

Master’s scholarships and funding

Find out about the scholarship and funding opportunities available for prospective Master’s students.

MPhil/PhD scholarships and funding

Learn about the scholarships and funding opportunities available for current and prospective MPhil/PhD students.