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Degree structure

Handbook

Courses

Students take compulsory core courses, one or more option courses and write a dissertation. Each of these components is outlined in more detail below.

Core Courses

Students all take the following four core courses:

  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation (ARCLG141, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects (ARCLG142, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Conservation in Practice: Preventative Conservation (ARCLG140, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Skills for conservation management  (ARCLG139, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students choose to follow further option courses up to the value of 30 credits from the following list of related options (the degree coordinator may seek to guide the option choices made by those intending to carry on for the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums):

  • Approaches to Artefact Studies (ARCLG120, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity (ARCLG092, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeometallurgy 1: Mining and Extractive Technology (ARCLG108, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeometallurgy 2: Metallic Artefacts (ARCLG109, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological Glass and Glazes (ARCLG111, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological Ceramics Analysis (ARCLG114, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Chemistry for Archaeologists (ARCL215, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting Pottery (ARCLG112, 15credits, 11 weeks)
  • Lithic Analysis (ARCLG113, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCLG127, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Managing Museums (ARCLG065, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Material structure and deterioration of craft materials (ARCLG315, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Museum and Site Interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)


(90 credits) - The dissertation (15,000 words) is on any approved topic relevant to the degree and the taught components. It is produced as a result of an individual research project undertaken during the course. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

  • A consideration of the restoration and conservation of British castles: a juxtaposition of the effects of the tourism
  • A framework for determining the appropriate use of material heritage
  • Climate change impact assessments for cultural heritage: A Western approach to a global problem
  • Communicating conservation: as study of communication and its potential for conservators and conservation
  • Conservation considerations involved in the conversion of closed church buildings to residential use
  • Conservation for the blind
  • Decolonization and conservation of aboriginal art and artifacts
  • Investigating methods of UV measurement and the implications of their use for assessing risk in museums
  • Issues and practicalities in conservation of ephemera: movie props, costumes and sets
  • Mobile technology (smart-phones and tablets) and computer programming for conservation tasks and education
  • Should we preserve graffiti? The ethical, cultural and artistic dimensions of preserving contemporary graffiti.
  • The Conservation and Presentation of Historic Ships
  • The implications of laser scanning on conservation theory and practice
  • Thinking outside the longbox: preventive conservation in comic book shops

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