Harm in the Historic Environment, Short Course | Online (optional) | University of Oxford | Oxford, United Kingdom
Short On Campus Online

Harm in the Historic Environment

1 days
280 GBP/full
280 GBP/full
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The degree of harm caused to heritage assets has become a key issue in guiding development decisions. The Harm in the Historic Environment course offered by University of Oxford will help you explore the meaning of 'harm' and how it is being interpreted in practice today.


What you will study

The National Planning Policy Framework, which incorporates England’s national heritage policy, requires that when considering the impact of a proposed development on the significance of a designated heritage asset, great weight should be given to the asset’s conservation. By implication, it identifies four levels of harm that may be caused to the significance of heritage assets: total loss (this is often overlooked but is written in to the NPPF’s Paragraph 193), substantial harm, less than substantial harm, and no harm. The course will explore the meaning and implications of this and of recent case law. 

In the Harm in the Historic Environment course offered by University of Oxford , presentations outlining the background and main issues will be followed by an open discussion session with the course directors and other participants. In the afternoon, those attending in person will take part in a group exercise assessing a case study on harm. 

Programme Structure

The program focuses on:

  • Why harm matters
  • Legislation, policy, definitions and case law
  • Consideration of key issues
  • Direct and indirect harm, and the contribution to significance made by setting
  • Substantial and less than substantial harm, the sliding scale of harm, and the boundary between the two
  • Who makes the decision on harm?
  • Heritage impact assessments
  • Implications and justifications for harm to heritage assets, including public benefits

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 1 days
  • Part-time
    • 1 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • No requirements needed.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    280 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 280 GBP for the full programme during 1 days.
  • National

    280 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 280 GBP for the full programme during 1 days.
  • In-person tuition: 09:45 - 16:00 - £280
  • Online tuition: 09:45 - 13:00 only - £135

Living costs for Oxford

939 - 1530 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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