With its stunning blend of medieval, neo-classical and modern architecture, and its unique concentration of national cultural institutions, Edinburgh is the ideal city in which to develop postgraduate skills in historic preservation.
Our Architectural Conservation - MSc programme is over forty years old, making it the longest-established programme of its kind in the UK.
As a student here, you’ll be part of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), ECA’s specialist teaching and research unit, based in the city’s historic Old Town.
You’ll join a community of postgraduate students from all over the world, and from a wide range of disciplinary first degree backgrounds, including architecture, history, planning, engineering and interior design.
What you will study
Using Edinburgh’s position as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Architectural Conservation - MSc programme focuses on a wide range of themes including conservation theory, criticism and history; urban conservation; conservation technology; World Heritage; 20th-century architectural heritage; and the challenges of reconciling heritage and new architecture.
The programme combines compulsory and optional courses, and is assessed through individual papers, group projects and presentations, design exercises, and report writing. It culminates in a supervised dissertation of around 15,000 words on your chosen aspect of architectural conservation, with specialist supervision.
In addition to formal teaching, we partner with a wide network of heritage organisations to provide diverse volunteering opportunities, from the local (Edinburgh World Heritage and the City of Edinburgh Council) to the national (Historic Environment Scotland) and international (Docomomo).
As well as course-specific site visits, the programme includes an annual field trip to Bavaria in Germany to expand, in particular, on the issues raised in our core course on the History and Theory of Conservation.
The benefits of studying in SCCS
As a member of Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies (SCCS), you’ll have access to our annual series of Architectural Conservation Masterclasses, which feature leading national and international figures from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Typically held in the evening, and regularly co-hosted with partner organisations, each Masterclass addresses a subject of major significance within architectural conservation or cultural landscape heritage.
As well as the Masterclasses, we also host and participate in conferences, seminars and exhibitions, including in collaboration with partner organisations, giving you the opportunity to get involved in event organisation or to present your work.