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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 work placement in a museum or similar institution.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,270 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)
UK/EU and Overseas students pay £4,635 during the internship in their second year.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 April 2015

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.

English language requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

Year one

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

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.

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year

Gordon Childe Studentship

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 organisations (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 degree

  • 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.

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 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.

Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 263 taught students › 130 research students

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-04-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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