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How to apply

Register your interest for a place on the advanced professional diploma by contacting us today.


Or search for individual modules to study on a non-credit basis and book directly.

Flexible study routes

Full-time diploma students complete the diploma programme in 10 months. Individual units or modules can also be taken on a part-time basis over up to five years.

Individual modules may also be studied (on a non-credit basis) for continuing professional development purposes or general interest.

Entry requirements

Diploma applicants (full or part-time) should have a relevant honours degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline (e.g. architecture, surveying, engineering, geography, town planning). Relevant professional experience, qualifications or institute membership may be accepted in lieu of a degree. Each application will be assessed individually.

Applicants from non-English speaking countries may also need to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Individual modules are open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

Programme delivery

Material-related modules and face-to-face teaching are supplemented with field trips, hands-on experience and self-led tuition. Leading professionals from the UK and beyond join Historic Environment Scotland experts in teaching the programme.

An autumn field study week gives diploma students broad exposure to the heritage industry. Visits are made to building repair projects and other heritage sites, and training demonstrations at the Engine Shed provide hands-on experience in a range of traditional craft skills.


Assessments undertaken during Units 1 to 3 determine 75% of the grade for the Advanced Professional Diploma. Module T: Final Project (Unit 4), completed at the end of the programme, contributes the final 25% of the grade.

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