Modes and duration
- Full-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,550 (FT) £4,770 (PT)
- £23,020 (FT) £11,460 (PT)
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, Principles of Conservation MA or equivalent, or 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.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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Students gain an in-depth understanding of, and foundation training in, the practice of conservation of heritage objects and develop critically aware approaches to diagnosis, problem solving, decision making and application of conservation treatments. They gain practical training and experience of the professional context in which conservation takes place.
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.
- Core Modules
- Conservation Processes
- Conservation Studies
- Conservation: Materials Science
- Year two
- during year two, all students undertake supervised work experience in a professional environment
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
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 relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
- Overseas students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
A very high proportion of our graduates go on to pursue careers in conservation in local and national museums, and heritage organisations (in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia). In addition graduates also progress to doctoral studies at both UCL and elsewhere.
Top career destinations for this degree
- Conservator, The Museum Centre in Hordaland, Norway (2013)
- Doctoral Student, UCL Institute of Archaeology (2013)
- Conservator (organics), The British Museum (2012)
- Conservation Laboratory Supervisor, UCL Qatar (2013)
- Doctoral Student, University of Oxford (RLAHA, UK) (2011)
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 practising conservator.
Why 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 UCL'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.
Student / staff ratios › 63 staff including 27 postdocs › 277 taught students › 130 research students
Department: Institute of Archaeology
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.
- All applicants
- 1 April 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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