MSc Degree Programmes

Specialist Courses for the Building Conservation Experts of the Future

Promoting lifelong learning and conservation is at the heart of the Museum’s objectives. We are a leading provider in specialist education and training in building conservation and historic building techniques offering two MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation.

Our nationally designated collection of historic buildings provides an unrivalled and unique teaching resource. Our tutors are experts in their fields, giving students the opportunity to learn and benefit directly from their specialist knowledge and experiences.

Our Courses

The Museum offers two Master’s Degree programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation. We teach both courses in blocks on a part-time basis with modules running Wednesdays to Sundays three to four times a year to enable students to balance studying with work and other commitments.

The next courses start in September 2025, applications will open in Autumn 2024.

The University of York

Our programmes are validated by the University of York, a member of the Russell Group of universities, renowned for its excellence in research and teaching. The Department of Archaeology at York is among the world’s most highly regarded departments for archaeological studies and ranked 5th in the UK and 12th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2021).

MSc in Building Conservation

A degree course suitable for students and mid-career professionals seeking to develop or enhance an academic or professional specialism in the conservation of buildings.

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MSc in Timber Building Conservation

A degree course for those looking to develop or enhance an academic or professional specialism in the conservation of timber buildings.

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MSc Applications

How to apply for courses starting in Autumn 2025.

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What Our Students Say

Absolutely brilliant course run and taught by hands on industry experts. It’s been an informative and very enjoyable course, my first step towards a change of career at 52!


The course engages with people across the industry from craftspeople to professionals allowing a fascinating insight into the conservation industry. The way the course is laid out allows full time work to continue. The small class size means there’s enough time for robust discussions and for everyone’s questions to be answered.


Having transitioned from a career in the Army into building surveying I developed an interest in old buildings that I wanted to take further. The MSc programme at the Weald and Downland is structured to enable students to study alongside their day jobs and I am loving the opportunity that I am being given to study alongside such an enthusiastic and varied cohort of students, all learning from truly skilled and knowledgeable conservation practitioners. It’s the perfect environment for a building geek like me.


This MSc offers outstanding teaching by lecturers whose passion for their subject shines through their teaching in an environment that allows you to explore historic buildings in their original form.


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