MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums
The MSc programme in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums is intended for those who wish to pursue a career in the practice of conservation. It consists of one year’s training at the Institute of Archaeology, during which there is emphasis on developing practical experience under specialist guidance in the conservation laboratories, followed by a ten-month assessed conservation internship in a museum of similar institution.
The Institute of Archaeology has an established and widely recognised strength in providing academic and professional training in the practice of conservation. and many of its graduates are now employed in key posts around the world. The Institute was one of the first recipients of the Conservation and Heritage Management Award, from the Archaeological Institute of America, for exceptional achievements in these fields.
This degree programme is available full-time over two years, and part-time over three or four years. It is normally open only to those who have successfully completed the one-year MA in Principles of Conservation. The MA and MSc degrees together form a package providing training for professional practice in conservation. In very exceptional circumstances, applicants may be admitted direct to the MSc programme, provided that they have gained a range and level of knowledge equivalent to that provided by the MA. Applicants also require a good knowledge of chemistry (e.g. to AS-level, or equivalent; and will need to provide evidence of manual dexterity and normal colour vision. Relevant experience (e.g. in conservation, archaeology or museums) is an advantage.
The Institute of Archaeology supports the principles of the
Convention and the 1995 Unidroit
Convention and is unique as a UK academic department in having an
ethics policy concerning the illicit trade in antiquities.
Application Deadlines: Applications can be accepted from November and complete applications (with both references) must be submitted by 5 April at the very latest. Please contact Lisa Daniel if you are applying after this date to see if places are still available.
*Applications for 2018/19 are now closed*
For more information on the Programme Structure, including modules, please use the link below.
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How to get into museum conservation
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Second-year UK/EU and Overseas students pay 50% of the UK/EU full-time fee for the second-year internship.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard and equivalent of the Principles of Conservation MA or significant professional conservation experience.
English Language Requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
The programme is normally open only to those who have successfully completed the Principles of Conservation MA. Applicants also require a good knowledge of chemistry and will need to provide evidence of manual dexterity and normal colour vision. Relevant experience (e.g. in conservation, archaeology or museums) is an advantage.
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at graduate level
- why you want to study Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
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