This course is fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – the UK's leading body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts – and covers its areas of competence. The programme also follows the education guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO and Council of Europe requirements. You can apply for full IHBC membership after 2 years of professional experience, as opposed to 5 years.
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The MA in Sustainable Heritage Management provides the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to master aspects of sustainable heritage management theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience with heritage sector professionals – through placements in the UK and abroad; and working in partnership with different heritage organisations, researchers and specialists – and to develop essential skills and knowledge for current careers in heritage sectors. Thus, it provides a good grounding for those intending to proceed to doctoral research or to work in practice.
The programme is developed and taught by leading heritage academics and practitioners, the interests of whom are extremely diverse and encompass heritage studies and management at all levels and in different regions (e.g. the UK, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, India and China). This means that you will have the chance to build expertise in areas that most interest them.
The structure of the MA and its learning, teaching and assessment activities will challenge you to think about the meanings of heritage and frame sustainable heritage management in its architectural, urban, social, political, scientific and economic contexts. You will have the chance to apply learning through a range of research and practice-based projects with a wide range of regional, national and international partners.
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Why School of Architecture?
Highly rated research
Liverpool was the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture. Research lies at the core of our activities and we have highly rated international research in the fields of History and Theory and Environment and Process.
The activities of the research groups within these two fields provide the knowledge and expertise required by the professional discipline that the School serves, but also reach out into related areas in the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.
Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021
In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), we were ranked 5th in the sector for overall research classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), and 7th in the sector for world leading (4*) outputs.
Record number of RIBA Gold Medal winners
Our school has had six RIBA Gold Medal Winners – the highest number in the world.