Faculty of Engineering & Design


Duration:  MSc 1 year full-time, PG Dip 1 year full-time (international only)

Application deadline: 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU).

Entry requirements: First degree (2:1) or equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience.

Language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each of the four components); or a minimum of 69 in PTE Academic (with no less than 62 in each component).

MSc Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes

The MSc in the Conservation of Historic Gardens and Cultural Landscapes provides students with analytical and practical skills and a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of garden and cultural landscape conservation and management.

The programme covers designed and evolving organic landscapes, complex cultural landscapes and large landscape zones and is based on research expertise within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering.

The MSc is popular with mid-career professionals as well as graduates seeking a vocational qualification in landscape conservation and management and has a proven track record of employability.

It will also help prepare you to continue your studies onto a Doctor of Philosophy research degree. Many distinction-level graduates from this programme stay on for a PhD, often funded in part by the University of Bath.


This unique programme is the only one in the UK to take students from a range of backgrounds and provide them with analytical and practical skills and grounding in the theory and practice of garden and cultural landscape conservation and management.

It provides technical training within an academic framework and is taught by leading professionals, expert practitioners and academics, directed by Marion Harney.

The programme has strong links with our well-established and highly regarded MSc in the Conservation of Historic buildings programme, a leader in its field, and is also available as a PG Diploma and as continuing professional development (CPD).

Further details

Click on the image below to enlarge: MSc Conservation of Historic Gardens & Cultural Landscapes programme structure diagram

See programme catalogue for more detail on individual units.

Programme structure

The MSc programme consists of eight taught units and a dissertation. Where students do not wish to write the dissertation, or are ineligible to progress, a PG Diploma is awarded after successful completion of the taught course only.

Teaching for taught units takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays, with one day given to each set of two units.

Timetable of taught units Wednesdays and Fridays


Units studied

Unit titles

Semester 1

2 (1 day per week)

Survey and assessment
Case study 2

2 (1 day per week)

History and theory
Case study 1

Semester 2

2 (1 day per week)

The legislative framework
Case study 4

2 (1 day per week)

Conservation and management
Case study 3


During the final three months of the degree you will produce a dissertation. This is your opportunity to explore a particular topic that has been covered during the programme in far greater depth.

On completing this MSc, you will be equipped with a number of valuable, transferable skills:

  • the ability to research, record, analyse, interpret and understand the significance of buildings and sites
  • the aptitude to understand and interpret our landscape heritage and assess its significance
  • the capacity to complete a comprehensive survey and assessment of a site, produce reports and make recommendations for its conservation
  • the skill to assess appropriate management and conservation approaches and to write a coherent conservation and management plan
  • the ability to document and communicate ideas effectively in writing and orally in a way appropriate and accessible to both professional and lay audiences
  • a sound knowledge of the current system of heritage protection
  • the ability to make a case for or against an intervention in an important landscape
  • develop an awareness of the key issues and organisations involved with the historic environment.

Recent examples of graduate employment as a direct result of obtaining the MSc include:

  • Irish Government employee formulating the National Landscape Strategy for Ireland
  • 1 South West Region Landscape Specialist
  • The newly-created, three-year post of Historic Landscape Project Officer – South East Region (HLPO) with the Association of Gardens Trusts (AGT).
  • Landscape consultant who has recently secured a project including the restoration of historic gardens for the owners of a prominent William Playfair private residence in Edinburgh.
  • Chartered Landscape architect gained employment with Historic Landscape Consultants Debois Landscape Survey Group
  • Townscape Consultant based in London.
  • Teaching landscape ecology in the Shires of Devon and Somerset
  • Ranger for the dual designated nature / culture World Heritage Site of St. Kilda.
  • Consultant ‘Designer Landscapes’ has just completed a prestigious show garden for the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea flower show.
  • Consultants securing historic landscape design commissions
  • Garden design commissions
  • In addition, six graduates from the programme have registered to complete PhDs at the University of Bath, two securing a Faculty Scholarship to do so.

The training will be sufficient for graduates to act as managers, conservation officers, sole practitioners and specialist consultants in the field. Potential employers would include the landscape and heritage industries, in Great Britain and overseas, including English Heritage, and other Government agencies, local authorities, planners and conservation architects, garden historians, National Parks managers, National Trusts and private architectural and landscape practices. Careers opportunities also include commercial horticulture, amenity horticulture, parks and gardens, landscape design and architecture, nursery and garden centre management, research, and journalism.

Particularly outstanding candidates with an interest in pursuing further academic study in the field of gardens and landscapes can proceed to doctoral study.

We also encourage the best of our MSc students to continue their studies with us to PhD level.