Architectural Project Management

Study mode:Online Study type:Part-time Languages: English
Local:$ 1.32 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 1.32 k / Year(s)  
351–400 place StudyQA ranking:3603 Duration:12 months

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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).

Programme leader

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.

For MSc level entry applicants must have:Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.For PG Diploma level entry applicants must have:Third class honours degree in a cognate or semi-cognate subject area PLUS 2 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level completed post qualification.Cognate or semi-cognate ordinary degree PLUS 3-4 years of relevant experience at an appropriate level following graduation.Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.There is no entry at PG Certificate level except through exceptional agreement with approved learning partners.Non-graduating study at masters level:Entry is based on CV or on formal academic qualifications or graduate (or incorporated) membership of a relevant professional institution. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Scholarships & bursaries

Alumni Scholarship Scheme

Heriot-Watt Alumni

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

Commonwealth citizens

East Lothian Educational Trust

Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)

India Scholarship(SBE)

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


Mexican Scholarships

Mexican applicants

Music Scholarships

All students

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)

Sports Scholarships

All students

Staff Scholarships

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.

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