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Study heritage conservation

Preserve the history and charm of our cities
Develop your skills in best practice conservation, adaptive reuse of buildings and management of culturally significant places.

What is heritage conservation?

Our heritage is all of the cultural remnants left behind by previous generations. Public spaces, streets and city infrastructure and our own houses are all records of the way we live and the decisions made by generations before us. Heritage conservation is the process of protecting these structures through policy, physical restoration and by creating an enhanced public significance.

This course will equip you with a deep understanding of cultural continuity and place identity while challenging you to imagine how to regenerate and renew historic buildings, urban areas and cultural landscapes through architectural intervention and urban strategy.

Gain industry relevant experience via a graduate internship and benefit from mentoring by heritage professionals through the International Council of Monuments and Sites.

If you come from an architectural, urban planning, archaeological, historical, engineering or related background, or are a graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture and Environments, this course will develop your specialist conservation and adaptive reuse skills. We also welcome applicants from other disciplines.

Career pathways include:

  • conservation specialist
  • heritage consultancy
  • policy development.

Heritage conservation courses

The Master of Heritage Conservation will develop your skills in best practice conservation, adaptive reuse of buildings and management of culturally significant places. You will develop the ability to assess heritage significance and shape how this assessment translates into policy.

While studying local and international conservation practices, you will also gain techniques for documentation, management and interpretation of culturally important places.

Related courses

At the master’s level, this degree will take 1.5 years full time to complete (72 credit points). The program can also be taken at the level of:

Our inspiring students

Heritage student on the Opera House steps

Laura Matarese

Master of Heritage Conservation
Planning and Heritage Policy Officer, Sydney Opera House

“The degree in heritage conservation gave me a substantial step up in my career. The subject content and qualification led to job opportunities in the United States and here in Australia that I wouldn’t have had with out it.

“I am currently working at the Sydney Opera House as the Planning and Heritage Policy Officer. This is a new position that was created to provide support and heritage advice across the business areas to conserve and promote the cultural significance for this world heritage site. The role responsibilities include the implementation of the fourth edition of the conservation management plan, project management, relationship building, interpretation projects, and planning and heritage compliance.”

Steven Barry

Steven Barry

Master of Heritage Conservation
Senior Consultant, GML Heritage

"A passion for old places drew me to the Master of Heritage Conservation. I love the richness that historic buildings and places provide for cities. I wanted to play a role in their conservation, reuse and adaptation so they remain useful, viable and vibrant places that communities appreciate, identify with and care about."

Priyanka Misra

Master of Heritage Conservation (2014) 
Heritage Specialist, City of Sydney Council

"My master’s degree gave me the opportunity to undertake an internship with the City of Sydney Council’s heritage team. It was an amazing experience that opened a door to my new career and a whole new world of heritage conservation from a government organisation’s point of view."


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