UCL (University College London): Institute for Sustainable Heritage


University College London
UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


The UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage (UCL ISH) delivers sustainable solutions to real-world cultural heritage problems through ground-breaking, cross-disciplinary research and innovative teaching for future heritage leaders.

Worldwide reputation
UCL is ranked 7th in the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top 1% of higher education institutions globally, 3rd in the UK and Europe, and best in London.

Our faculty, The Bartlett, has been ranked the number 1 in the world for Architecture / Built Environment Subjects in the renowned QS World Rankings.

The Bartlett has the most world-leading research in its field in the UK, according to the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). In the latest exercise 46% of The Bartlett’s research was rated 4* world-leading, with a further 35% recognised as 3* internationally excellent. 

Study with us
Do you want to become a future heritage leader? Are you willing to be part of an interdisciplinary cohort of excellent students from across the world and work on real life heritage projects as part of your training? If yes, our programmes are for you.

Our programmes are grounded in the cutting-edge research of our world-renowned academics. Our programmes educate and train future heritage professionals, allowing them to join the heritage sector and/or carry out research leading to innovative, sustainable solutions. They include:

Student views
“The holistic curriculum meant that I would be able to study heritage science along with the ideas of socio-cultural sustainability. A multi-disciplinary faculty was a major attraction point for me. I enjoyed working with a multi- disciplinary and international class under the guidance of a multi- disciplinary faculty and professional experts.”
Sohini Nandi, Sustainable Heritage MSc Student

“I chose to study at UCL ISH because the programme offered an excellent opportunity to combine my passions in a research-based environment. I was very eager to get involved in research and the SEAHA programme focused on developing a thesis. A masters programme in heritage science is also quite unique and there aren’t many comparable options in the states.

I loved the diversity of the academic backgrounds of the students. Everyone has expertise in complementary fields, which made for very interesting discussions and group projects.”

Hannah Duggan
Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes Student

Career prospects
Our students have gone on to work in a variety of renowned institutions, including The National Trust, English Heritage, the Office of Public Works in Ireland, Historic England and the UK Government Art Collection.

"UCL’s Sustainable Heritage MSc was the first step on the route to a new career for me, after 17 years in finance. I’d long had an interest in old buildings, so it was a real boon, in amongst all the other projects and topics, to find myself studying environmental management strategies for historic houses with the person responsible for this area at the National Trust. He then agreed to mentor my dissertation, which centred on conservation heating at three National Trust properties, and from there I never really looked back.

The dissertation opened the way for volunteering opportunities with the National Trust’s preventive conservation team, who have just taken me on as part of a two-year internship, under the joint supervision of ICON. If you’re interested in pursuing or furthering a career in heritage, whatever the field, UCL’s Sustainable Heritage MSc will provide you with the contacts and experience to get you on your way."

Hilary Jarvis
Sustainable Heritage MSc Alumni
Assistant Preventive Conservator, National Trust

The Bartlett, UCL’s global faculty of the built environment
UCL Energy Institute belongs to The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources - home to UCL’s knowledge centres in energy, environmental design and engineering, resources, and heritage.

The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources bring together expertise on sustainability in the built environment - and beyond. As a student at you will benefit from the collaborative, multidisciplinary research and teaching of the School’s four Institutes - UCL Energy Institute, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources.

Studying at The Bartlett means studying the built environment in one of the most exciting and inspiring cities. London is home to many of Europe’s leading built environment employers, and a laboratory for new ideas in design, planning, finance, development and sustainability.

Contact us
If you have any questions about our postgraduate programmes and how to apply, do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Email: bseer-studentqueries@ucl.ac.uk
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
Website: ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/heritage


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