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Conservation Studies MSc

The MSc in Conservation Studies at UCL Qatar aims to produce well-informed professionals for employment in the conservation of archaeological, historical and contemporary art objects and sites. The programme has a regional focus and includes extended placements in museums and heritage organisations, giving students the necessary theoretical and practical skills to pursue a career in conservation in the Gulf and beyond.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 3 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£TBC (FT) £TBC (PT)
Overseas:
£TBC (FT) £TBC (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 May 2015
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 specific funding application deadlines.

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 requirements can be waived for candidates with other exceptional qualifications, such as extensive professional experience in related fields.

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

The programme aims to educate future professionals in conservation, and takes a practice-orientated holistic approach to cultural heritage preservation. The Conservation Studies MSc offers opportunities to specialise in the conservation of different materials, with special focus on the cultural heritage of the Middle East region. Professional placements are organised to enable students to gain practical work experience in Qatar and the wider region.

This two-year MSc has a total value of 360 credits.

In Year One students take seven compulsory modules (165 credits) and one option (15 credits). In Year Two students take three compulsory modules (75 credits), one option (15 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

Year One

  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
  • Placement I
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Investigating Objects
  • Introduction to Conservation Practice
  • Principles of Conservation

Year Two

  • Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire
  • Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
  • Museum Education
  • Public Archaeology
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
  • Optional Modules
  • Dissertation
  • Placement II
  • Material Science for Conservation
  • Applied Conservation Processes (option of different materials)
  • (*If not taken in Year One)
  • Interdisciplinary methods for the Study of Cultural Heritage*
  • Object-based Learning*
  • GIS 1
  • Islamic Ceramics
  • Islamic Papyri (needs Arabic)
  • Urban Foundations of the Middle East

Dissertation/report

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, tutorials, practical demonstrations, supervised practice, workshops, site visits and structured reading. Students undertake two two-month placements, at the end of each academic year. Assessment is through essays, presentations, project reports, portfolios, placement portfolios based on project work, and the dissertation.

Funding

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

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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.

Employability

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, the region and beyond.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

Students at UCL Qatar benefit from truly exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation and materials science laboratories in the region.

Qatar’s position at the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, places students on the doorstep of some of the greatest civilizations of the ancient world and its foremost archaeological sites. The region’s broad range of museums, both established and newly-developed, offer unparalleled access to some of the world’s finest collections of art and antiquities.

Student / staff ratios › 18 staff › 80 taught students › 8 research students

Department: UCL Qatar

Degree reviews

Student review

"It is interactive in the way that UCLQ made available for us the best high end equipment, that we as a field of study that is mostly practical needed. I also believe that the academic staff, our tutors are a group of the best in the world in their fields, they all came from different backgrounds and different countries to deliver and share with us their knowledge and experience, which I think it is something that makes me feel very lucky. Another different thing would be the fact that we were all students from different nationalities and backgrounds, which I believe I wouldn't have in Jordan. This was one of the important things during my years of study with UCL, I met a lot of people that I believe I would not have the chance to meet if I studied in my country. I learned a lot from them not only about our studies, but about them, about their cultures and about their countries. That thing was so precious to me, to learn about people more, and to appreciate people more which I might n"

Fareed Alshishani

Subject: Conservation Studies MSc
Staff review

"As a UCL graduate myself I had experienced first-hand the university’s global outlook and its emphasis on research-led education. It is a fascinating place to return and work. UCL Qatar is a particularly stimulating working environment, as we are currently setting up a new department away from the home campus in a region that is placing culture and education at the forefront of its future development."

Dr Myrto Georgakopoulou

Subject: Conservation Studies MSc, Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA.

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 suitable for students with a first degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, History of Art, Fine Arts, Architecture, Chemistry, Natural Sciences, Engineering or related disciplines, who wish to gain the skills necessary to develop a career as a conservator with expertise in Arab and Islamic material culture, or pursue doctoral-level research in conservation and its allied fields.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-05-01
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 specific funding application deadlines.

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 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

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