Conservation for Archaeology and Museums MSc


Designed for students wishing to pursue a career in the practice of heritage conservation, this programme consists of one year's training at the Institute, with an emphasis on developing practical experience under specialist guidance in the conservation laboratories, followed by a ten-month assessed conservation internship in a museum or similar institution.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,000
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 15 January 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students gain an in-depth understanding of, and foundation training in, the practice of conservation of archaeological and museum objects and develop critically aware approaches to diagnosis, problem solving and conservation treatments. They gain practical training and an understanding of the professional context in which conservation takes place.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL 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.

Students benefit from the Institute's lively international involvement in archaeology and heritage, from its well-equipped facilities, and access to the College's extensive science, art and archaeology collections.

The Institute's conservation laboratories provide a modern and pleasant learning environment, while the Wolfson Archaeological Science Laboratories provide excellent facilities for the examination and analysis of a wide variety of archaeological materials.


Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (120 credits), in year one, a dissertation (90 credits), and an Internship (150 credits) in year two.

Year one

  • Core Modules
  • Conservation Processes
  • Conservation Studies
  • Conservation: Materials Science
  • Year two
  • INTERNSHIP
  • During year two, all students undertake supervised work experience in a professional environment
  • Years one and two
  • Dissertation

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, practical sessions and one-to-one practical tutorials. The programme is assessed in year one through essays, projects and conservation practical work on museum-quality objects; and in year two, through practical projects, progress reports and oral presentation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

A small number of IoA Masters Award bursaries, normally in the region of £1,000, are available each year.

UK students may also apply to the Anna Plowden Trust.

Scholarships available for this department

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Gordon Childe Studentship

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

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. Plus Principles of Conservation MA or equivalent, or professional conservation experience.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

The final deadline for submitting complete applications, including references is 15 January 2014.

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.

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.


Career

The programme prepares students for entry into the conservation profession on graduation and ensures that graduates are able to meet the challenges of a long-term career as a practicing conservator A very high proportion of our graduates go on to pursue careers in conservation in local and national museums, and heritage rganisations (in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia). In addition graduates also go on to do Doctoral studies at both UCL and elsewhere.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • The Museum Centre in Hordaland, Norway, Conservator, 2013
  • Institute of Archaeology, UCL, Doctoral Student, 2013
  • The British Museum, UK, Conservator (organics), 2012
  • National Museum of Iceland, Archaeological Conservator, 2011
  • University of Oxford (RLAHA, UK), Doctoral Student, 2011
  • UCL, PhD Student, 2012
  • The British Museum , UK, Conservator (organic), 2011
  • Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland, Conservatrice-restauratrice, 2011
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, UK, Textile Conservator, 2010
  • The Museum Centre in Hordaland, Norway, Conservator, 2012

Employability

The programme prepares students for entry into the conservation profession on graduation and ensures that graduates are able to meet the challenges of a long-term career as a practicing conservator A very high proportion of our graduates go on to pursue careers in conservation in local and national museums, and heritage rganisations (in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia). In addition graduates also go on to do Doctoral studies at both UCL and elsewhere.


Next steps

Contact

Professor Andrew Reynolds

T: +44 (0)20 7679 7495

W: Institute of Archaeology

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Staff View

"UCL Archaeology has a great atmosphere for both staff and students; it's a great place to work, and with so many experts passing through from different countries to give lectures and seminars it is very much the centre of the archaeological world."

Professor Mike Parker Pearson

Professor of British Later Prehistory

Student View

"The Institute of Archaeology's library has been an invaluable tool due to the huge amount of material available that is related to our field, and is one of my favourite things about the institute."

Alexandra Salamunovich

Degree: Archaeology MA