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Contact details

Mr Brett Kershaw

Email: b.kershaw@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +974 4457 8688

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

QAR123,900 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

QAR123,900 (FT)

Departmental funding and scholarship opportunities are available. All successful candidates are eligible.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

More information

Prospectus Entry

UCL Qatar

Key facts

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Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Conservation Studies MSc

This MSc at UCL Qatar aims to produce well-informed professionals in the conservation of archaeological and historical materials. The programme has a regional focus and includes extended placements in museums, giving students the necessary theoretical and practical skills to pursue a career in conservation in the Gulf and beyond.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme aims at educating future professionals in conservation, based on a practice-orientated holistic approach to cultural heritage preservation. The MSc offers opportunities to specialise in the conservation of different materials, with special focus on the cultural heritage of the Middle East region. Placements are organised for students to gain practical experience in Qatar and the wider region.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Qatar represents a unique three-way partnership between UCL, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority.

The programme has particular focus on the Middle East, allowing students a unique opportunity to learn, study and practise conservation in the Gulf.

The opening of the UCL Qatar campus builds upon UCL's renowned strengths in conservation studies and further establishes Qatar as the centre of excellence for cultural heritage studies in the Gulf.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

This two-year MSc has a total value of 360 credits. Students obtain a total of 180 credits in each year. Year one: seven core modules (150 credits) and placement (30 credits). Year two: three core modules (90 credits), dissertation (60 credits) and placement (30 credits).

Year One

  • Principles of Conservation
  • Investigating Objects (Technology and Deterioration)
  • Introduction to Conservation Practice
  • Object-based Learning, Collections Care and Management
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage

  • (Placement: 4-week placement assessed by a 3,000-word portfolio.)

Year Two

  • Applied Conservation Processes (option of different materials)
  • Communicating and Managing Conservation Projects
  • Material Science for Conservation

  • Placement: 8-week placement, assessed by a 6,000-word portfolio.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, workshops, site visits and structured reading. Students undertake twelve weeks of field work over the course of two years. Assessment is through essays, presentation, portfolios, placement portfolio based on project work, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a related discipline from a UK university, a GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 (US system), or another overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Degree class requirement could be waived for candidates with other exceptional qualifications, such as professional experience in related fields.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 31 May. 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 the relevant deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, History of Art, Fine Arts, Architecture, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Engineering or a related discipline who wish to gain the skills necessary to pursue further critical research in conservation studies, or develop a career as a heritage professional in the Gulf region or beyond.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Conservation Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Conservation Studies at UCL Qatar
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree


Graduates of this new programme will gain key skills relevant to heritage sites and museums in the Gulf region and beyond. Training in conservation, collections care and management, together with research methods and advanced study skills, will enable our graduates to operate as heritage professionals or pursue further independent research in this field.

The first cohort of students on the Conservation Studies MSc are due to graduate in 2014, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

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