UCL Graduate degrees


Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc

Designed for a new generation of heritage leaders, this Master's provides 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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

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.

Application dates

Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Close: 31 May 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£14,300 (FT)
£28,500 (FT)

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Taking a RICS accredited course is a step towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor which would give you international recognition of professional status.  It also provides access to a global network of built environment professionals.

Our IHBC accreditation allows students to accelerate their progress towards becoming a Full Member of the IHBC, its highest level of accreditation, reducing the length of the process from 5 to 2 years.

Location: London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

Entry requirements

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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 are 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 compulsory modules (60 credits), three optional modules (60 credits), and a dissertation (60 credits).

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Sustainable Heritage (15 credits)
  • Heritage, Value and Sustainability (15 credits)
  • Heritage Management and Sustainable Development (30 credits)

Optional modules

There are two 30-credit optional modules on Heritage Materials and Assemblies, one feild trip based in Malta, the other is UK-based. All students must take one of these modules and will attend one of the trips, the academic content for both is the same. There are two 15-credit optional modules. Students can take both modules or substitute one with a relevant 15-credit module from elsewhere in UCL, in consultation with the Programme Leader.

  • Strategies for Sustainable Heritage Landscapes (15 credits)
  • Strategies for Sustainable Heritage Buildings and Collections (15 credits)
  • Heritage Materials and Assemblies (Malta) (30 credits)
  • Heritage Materials and Assemblies (UK) (30 credits)

Students should enrol on the field trip of their choice at the start of Term 1 as places are capped and are on a first-come first-served basis. 


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.


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.

Additional costs

Travel and accommodation expenses for the field trip are covered by the programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Additional funding is available from our Institute and Faculty and advertised on the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage’s scholarships page and The Bartlett’s scholarships page.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

Bartlett Promise Scholarship - Master's

Deadline: 31 May 2021
Tuition fees plus £15,364 maintenance/yr (Duration of programme)
Based on financial need

GREAT Scholarships for a Sustainable Future

Deadline: 5pm (BST), Thursday 21 April 2021
£10,000 (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates may find themselves assuming responsibility 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. Our alumni have gone on to work in a variety of renowned institutions, including The National Trust, English Heritage, the Office of Public Works in Ireland, and Historic England. Others have pursued a PhD in a related topic, going on to an academic career.


The programme is an internationally recognised qualification that equips students with the skills and expertise needed to contribute to heritage projects at an advanced level. 

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).

There is an opportunity to undertake a placement at a leading heritage organisation or practice which is facilitated through the professional networks of the academic staff, including guest lecturers, many of whom come from prestigious heritage organisations.

Students gain access to an extensive alumni network of professionals who have studied on the programme and are now leaders in the field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

You will benefit from:

  • A world leading, multidisciplinary learning environment
  • International teachers who are leading professionals in their fields
  • Real-life heritage case studies as the basis for discussing complex and demanding issues
  • Access to public stewards and private owners of heritage to learn from their practice and leading heritage stakeholders
  • A fully funded field study visit
  • Project placement opportunities with leading heritage organisations
  • Extra-curricular seminars and events with key thinkers in the field
  • Studying in London - a city full of culture and history
  • An inclusive environment that promotes global citizenship, and an ethos of equality and diversity

UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage is part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources - home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett, UCL 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 (2021) ranks The Bartlett, our faculty, as #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #2 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.


Taking a RICS accredited course is a step towards becoming a Chartered Surveyor which would give you international recognition of professional status.  It also provides access to a global network of built environment professionals.

Our IHBC accreditation allows students to accelerate their progress towards becoming a Full Member of the IHBC, its highest level of accreditation, reducing the length of the process from 5 to 2 years.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: 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 welcome to apply. 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.

Application deadlines

31 May 2021
31 May 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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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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