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Conservation of historic buildings and structures presents many challenges to professionals working in this specialist field, from identifying cultural significance, through to understanding the technical performance of historic buildings and the materials they use. Increasingly, conservation practitioners have to understand the environmental impact of historic structures and energy use in buildings. This relies on the sensitive design and integration of modern building services.
The Building Conservation (Technology and Management) programme is a combination of social, historic, philosophical, technical and legislative processes and has been specifically designed to encapsulate these core areas. Delivered only by Independent Distance Learning (IDL) this programme is ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family.
Our students and graduates
The programme is ideally suited to those individuals wishing to attain an accredited degree recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). The MSc qualification can act as the starting point for those candidates entering into career as a Chartered Surveyor or Chartered Builder / Construction manager.
Course choice mandatory
Conservation Philosophy and Practice
History of the Built Environment
Building and Contextual Investigation
Services and Technology for Conservation
Materials and Structures for Conservation
Applied Building Pathology
People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment
Course choice optional (choose one)
Contracts and Procurement
Project Management Theory and Practice
Innovation in delivery of the MSc in Building Conservation (Technology & management) is offered via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Dr Alan M Forster is lecturer in Building Conservation and Construction Technology at Heriot-Watt University, is programme leader for the MSc in Building Conservation (Technology and management) and is a member of the Higher Education Academy.
He is a Building Surveyor by profession with specialist knowledge of the repair of masonry structures and conservation materials. He has worked for conservation contractors, in public practice and consultancy. In addition, he worked for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments for Scotland (RCAHMS) within the survey and graphics department.
Scholarships & bursaries
Alumni Scholarship Scheme
Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate Bursaries
Applicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme(SBE)
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Students who have applied via the Heriot-Watt India office. Please note that this award is available for study at our Edinburgh campus only.
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
Local Education Authority Awards
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
See SAAS residence conditions.
Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)
EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
Royal Caledonian Schools Trust
Applicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
SFC Key Skills Funded Places (SBE)(SBE)
Applicants resident in Scotland who accept an offer for an eligible Programme
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship Programme
All currently enrolled students
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.
Programme content is in line with the ICOMOS education and training guidelines. The MSc programme is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The MSc also has full accreditation from the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). This means that students who successfully complete the programme need only two years of professional experience to apply for full accredited membership.