Designed for a new generation of heritage leaders, this programme provides the interdisciplinary skills needed to deliver the heritage programmes and projects of the future. The programme combines aspects of cultural heritage - historic buildings, museums, collections, sites and landscapes - with the best heritage management and preventive conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Full-time students study for 37.5 hours per week during term time. Lectures are delivered in 1- or 2-week blocks, similar to an MBA. Flexible mode students normally attend half this amount.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with degrees of a lower classification but with considerable senior-level professional experience may also be accepted, and for applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set; details can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
Students are encouraged to take a long view of conservation 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 interwoven with the scientific study of historic materials, assemblies, technologies and systems.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (two 30 credit modules and two 15 credits modules), a dissertation (60 credits) and an optional project placement (not credit bearing).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Introduction to Sustainable Heritage (15 credits)
- Sustainability and Heritage Value (15 credits)
- Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (30 credits)
There are two 30-credit optional modules, each covering the topic of Heritage Materials and Assemblies. Each involves a study visit, one in the UK, the other in Malta. The academic content in each module is the same. The numbers for each field trip are capped, participation will be on a first-come first serve basis. However, all students will attend one of the field trips. Students should enrol on the field trip module of their choice at the start of Term 1.
- Strategies for Sustainable Heritage Landscapes (15 credits)
- Strategies for Sustainable Heritage Buildings (15 credits)
- Heritage Materials and Assemblies (Malta) (30 credits)
- Heritage Materials and Assemblies (UK) (30 credits)
There are two 15-credit optional modules. Students must take at least one of these modules and may take both. If they only take one, they should also choose a relevant and compatible 15-credit module from a different programme in order to tailor their career path, in consultation with the Programme Leader.
Master of Science (MSc) students are required to 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. The module is Dissertation: Sustainable Heritage (60 credits).
A two-week study visit forms an integral part of the degree. Students will attend one of two field trips, either in the UK or in Malta. The Malta field trip is hosted by Heritage Malta, the national agency responsible for the management of national museums, heritage sites and their collections in Malta and Gozo.
A video of the 2016 Malta field trip can be seen here.
Teaching and learning
The programme is taught using a variety of media and strategies including problem-based and case-based learning, discussion groups, project work, exercises, coursework and reports. Assessment is through written assignments, oral examination and the 10,000-word dissertation.
Travel and accommodation expenses for the feild trip are covered by the programme.
UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
94% of graduates from this programme are in work and/or further study six months after graduating (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
Graduates may find themselves assuming responsiblity for directing major projects within museums, libraries, archives, or organisations responsible for historic buildings and archaeological sites; or as a part of interdisciplinary architectural, engineering or project management practices. Additional career enhancement may be achieved by using the MSc as a foundation for PhD research.
The programme, which is accredited by RICS and IHBC, is an internationally recognised qualification from a world-leading university that equips students with the skills and expertise needed to contribute to heritage projects at an advanced level. There is an opportunity to undertake a placement at a leading heritage organisation or practice during the programme and students gain access to an extensive alumni network of professionals who have studied on the programme and are currently leaders in the field.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Students on this programme benefit from:
- international, interdisciplinary teachers who are leading professionals in their field
- real-life heritage case studies as the basis for discussing complex and demanding issues
- access to public stewards and private owners of heritage - in order to learn from practice and leading heritage stakeholders
- a fully funded feild study visit
- project placement opportunities with leading international heritage organisations.
We are part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources - home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
We are part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future.
The QS World University Rankings 2020 places The Bartlett, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the world.The Bartlett’s research received the most world-leading ratings for research on the Built Environment in the UK in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Students typically have backgrounds in architecture, engineering, geography, surveying, conservation, economics, science, archaeology, or museum and heritage studies, but students from all backgrounds are accepted. The programme offers the opportunity to study with a range of disciplines and to develop values, knowledge, and skills that mesh subjects as diverse as ethics, science and management.
- 11 August 2020
- 11 August 2020
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Sustainable Heritage at graduate level
- why you want to study Sustainable Heritage at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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