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The Institute of Historic Building Conservation

The mark of the conservation Professional

IHBC Recognised Courses

The IHBC, in its Memorandum and Articles, recognises that historic environment conservation courses can contribute significantly to the wide-ranging skills sets required of a Full Member of the institute. Consequently, graduates of these courses with just two years of relevant professional experience can apply to become a Full Member of the institute. This is in contrast to the five years of relevant practice required of other applicants.

The IHBC has welcomed the long-standing partnership with the conservation courses across the UK in encouraging training and professional development in the sector. In 2005, as part of a review of its own operations, the IHBC recognised the need to enhance its recognition process and introduced a new assessment procedure. Since then a number of courses have been recognised under the new system, and this more substantial assessment has been welcomed by the sector as a whole. Many conservation courses still benefit from earlier recognition by the IHBC, and have yet to be assessed under the new system. The IHBC continues to accept applications from graduates of courses recognised by the institute under its earlier system of recognition – not least as quality assurance in the sector remains high precisely because of our links with the course providers. However the institute is also working with the current course directors to encourage submissions for approval under the new system.

Guidance on the recognition process is provided here.

The lists of conservation courses recognised under the IHBC’s new procedure given below.

Guidance on the IHBC’s recognition of CPD is here

Conservation courses and other professional training resources are here.

Students interested in joining, and seeking concessionary membership rates, should look here.

Conservation Courses recognised by the IHBC
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Course Institution/ Dept. Contact Competenses Recognised Recognition Year Recognition level
IHBC001 MSc Historic Building Conservation University of Portsmouth Dr Karen Fielder, All 2005 Full
* NB: Course no longer in operation but graduates still secure IHBC application concessions.
Historic Environment Conservation; MA & PG Dip University of Birmingham; Ironbridge Institute Harriet Devlin All 2005 Full
IHBC002b Conservation of the Historic Environment; MA & PG Dip Birmingham City University- School of Architecture Harriet Devlin
All 2014 Full
* NB: Course no longer in operation but graduates still secure IHBC application concessions.
BA Hons Architectural Conservation University of Derby, School of Arts Design and Technology, Kedleston Road Derby DE22 1GB Roy Lewis All 2006 Full
IHBC006 MSc in Architectural Conservation University of Edinburgh Dr Miles
All 2006 Full
*NB: MA Architectural Conservation is currently suspended and will not be running in 2016
Postgraduate Diploma/MA Architectural Conservation Plymouth University, Faculty of Arts School of Architecture & Design; The Hoe Centre, Notte Street Plymouth PL1 2AR Ian Brocklebank
All 2007 Full
* NB: Course no longer in operation but graduates still secure IHBC application concessions.
MSc programme in European Urban Conservation Town and Regional Planning, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee Ralph Skea;
Neil Grieves
All 2007 Full
IHBC009 MSc in Historic Conservation Oxford Brookes University School of the Built Environment in association with University of Oxford Department of Continuing Education Dr Michelle Thomas (OBU) & Dr Paul Barnwell (University of Oxford)
All 2008 Full
IHBC010 MSc Degree in Conservation of the Historic Environment School of Real Estate and Planning at Reading University Henry Russell
All 2008 Full
IHBC011 MSc in Conservation of Buildings Anglia Ruskin University, Department of the Built Environment, Chelmsford Michael Coffey
All 2008 Full
IHBC012 MSc Building Conservation & Adaption University of Central Lancashire, Faculty of Science and Technology, School of Built and Natural Environment Chris O'Flaherty
All 2008 Full
IHBC013 MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings University of Bath, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering Michael Forsyth
All 2009 Full
*Course suspended for 2015/16
Post-graduate Building Conservation Architectural Association School of Architecture, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES Andrew Shepherd
All 2010 Full
* NB: Course no longer in operation but graduates still secure IHBC application concessions.
MA Conservation and Regeneration School of Architecture, University of Sheffield Jo Lintonbon
All 2011 Full
IHBC018 MSc Building Conservation The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester Eddie Booth:
All 2011 Full
IHBC019 Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation University of Cambridge Liz Morfoot Areas of Competence: Professional; Evaluation
Competence: Technology
2011 Select
IHBC 20*
* NB: Recognition only applies where accompanied by relevant degree-level education.
Foundation Degree in Historic Building Conservation FdSc Kingston University London through the Building Crafts College, Stratford Graham Lee: All 2012 Full
IHBC 21 MSc in Historic Building Conservation Kingston University, London Judi Farren-Bradley All 2012 Full
IHBC 22 MSc in Sustainable Building Conservation Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff Oriel Prizeman, All 2013 Full
IHBC 23 MSc Building Conservation (Technology and Management) School of the Built Environment Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Dr Alan M. Forster,
All 2013 Full
IHBC 24 MSc in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde Cristina ​Gonzalez-​Longo​: ​ ​ All 2014 Full
IHBC 25 M.Sc. in Architectural Conservation Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent Dr. Nikolaos Karydis All 2014 Full
IHBC 26 MA Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) Department of Archaeology, University of York

Dr. Gill Chitty

All 2014 Full
IHBC 27 MSt in Building History University of Cambridge Faculty of Architecture & History of Art

Dr Adam Menuge FSA IHBC, Course Director, MSt in Building History

Philosophy, Practice, History, Research, Recording and Analysis 2016 Select
IHBC 28 MA Urban Conservation Centre for Urban History, University of Leicester LE1 7RH

Simon Gunn, Professor of Urban History, Centre of Urban History

All, exclusive to the module combination: HS7251 City in History; HS 7075, How Buildings Work; HS7081 Conservation, Heritage and the Urban Environment; S7252 Conservation in Practice; HS7250 Dissertation. 2016 Full