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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 4.11k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 10.2k / 1 year
  • Deadline:
  • 20 Tháng một
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 118pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    This one year part-time course consists of three taught units and a dissertation. It covers English architectural history from the Saxon period to the present day. The PGCert is taught in association with the Historic Conservation course at Oxford Brookes University.

    Unit 1: Historical Studies 1

    Settlement, Landscape and Medieval Buildings

    Unit 1 concentrates on the medieval period. It provides an introduction to the evolution of the landscape and the major elements of architectural history in England up to the sixteenth century.

    The aim of the unit is to enable you to acquire a sound understanding of the basic development of medieval buildings and their context.

    Teaching is by means of lectures, held in Rewley House, and field trips. You will also need to ensure you have sufficient time for directed reading and private study. Tutorials are available by request.

    Assessment consists of three essays, each of 1,500 words.

    Unit 2: Historical Studies 2

    Post-Medieval Buildings

    The unit will continue the themes introduced in Historical Studies 1 and will analyse the major architectural developments from the sixteenth century to the present century.

    The unit will seek to build on the Historical Studies 1 to enable you to acquire a sound understanding of the development of English architectural history and its broader context down to the present century in a manner which is relevant to historic conservation.

    Teaching is by means of lectures at Rewley House. You will also need to ensure you have sufficient time for directed reading and private study. Tutorials are available by request

    Assessment consists of two essays, each of 2,000 words.

    Unit 3: Site evaluation and survey: Local Historic Building Study

    This unit is based at Oxford Brookes University in Headington.

    This is a skill-based unit designed to develop expertise in understanding the special architectural and historical characteristics of a particular site, building (or group of buildings) and to develop techniques for its representation through research, measurement, and drawn and photographic recording.

    This unit will enable you to develop the skills necessary to plan, prepare and execute a programme for the recording of structures and sites, and will introduce the main sources of archive material for investigations into historic buildings, sites and monuments. It provides an introduction to the making of a competent analytical record of a site through text, photographic and measured surveys, and drawn representation.

    Teaching is by means of lectures, field trips and practical sessions, which need to be supplemented by private study. You will also have to conduct individual fieldwork.

    Assessment is via a workbook record of a selected building, to be submitted by mid-May.
    This unit is taught on either side of Christmas and Easter, ending in mid-May, at Oxford Brookes University in Headington, Oxford. The detailed timetable for this Unit will be circulated at the start of Michaelmas term. The syllabus will cover drawing and survey techniques, documentary research, photographic recording and practical building analysis.

    Unit 4: Individual dissertation

    An 8,000-word dissertation on a subject relevant to architectural history, chosen in consultation with the course tutor and due for submission by the end of August. Dissertations are supervised within the Department for Continuing Education.

    This unit provides an opportunity for an extended exploration of a single topic based on primary and secondary research to demonstrate the skills and knowledge gained in the other elements of the course.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any subject. Applicants need not necessarily have studied architectural history previously, but should be able to show evidence of prior interest in the subject, eg through work-related activities, voluntary work in a related field, completion of previous courses (including evening classes), or membership of relevant local or national societies.

    For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA normally sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.

    If you hold non-UK qualifications and wish to check how your qualifications match these requirements, you can contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC).

    No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

    Applications are also considered from those who do not have previous higher education. Vocational qualifications equivalent to NVQ level 4 are acceptable substitutes, as is at least three years’ experience in a conservation-related profession.  

    All applicants must have a broad knowledge of English political, social and economic history.

    • Official transcript(s)
    • CV/résumé
    • Personal statement: One to two pages
    • Written work:One essay of 2,000 words
    • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic


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    Standard level scores

    Higher level scores

    IELTS Academic 
    Institution code: 0713

    7.0 Minimum 6.5 per component  7.5  Minimum 7.0 per component 

    TOEFL iBT 
    Institution code: 0490


    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24

    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component


    Minimum 185 per component

    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component


    Minimum 185 per component

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