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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: QAR128,030
  • Overseas Full-time: QAR128,030

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 May 2014

More details in Application section.

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?

This programme suits students who are eager to gain broad exposure to the conservation of a wide range of materials, including metals, glass, ceramics and contemporary art, as well as the conservation of archaeological sites.

Conservation students at UCL Qatar benfit from truly exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation and materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region.

Qatar benefits from its geographical position at the heart of thew Arab and Islamic worlds, giving students easy access to many of the leading archaeological sites of some of the world's great civilisations.

This two-year MSc has a total value of 360 credits. In Year One students take seven core modules (180 credits). In Year Two students take three compulsory modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Year One

  • Principles of Conservation
  • Investigating Objects
  • Introduction to Conservation Practice
  • Object-based Learning
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage

Year Two

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


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:


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

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 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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 May 2014.

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 conservator with experise in Arab and Islamic material culture.

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.


This is a new programme with the first cohort of students graduating in 2014. Graduates are expected to be in high demand locally as there is an increasing need for qualified conservators with the rapidly growing museum and heritage sector. We expect graduates to go on to assume leading roles within museums and galleries in Qatar and elsewhere in the region and internationally.

Next steps


Mr Brett Kershaw

T: + 974 4457 8688


UCL Qatar

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