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Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes

This cross-disciplinary programme takes an innovative approach to teaching of 'hard' science subjects by taking cultural heritage as its context. You will develop a holistic understanding of state-of-the-art science and engineering through research in arts, heritage and archaeology, focussing on a range of competitive skills making you employable in industry, heritage or academia.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 2-5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£10,130 (FT)
£21,320 (FT)

Application dates

Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Close: 2 September 2016
Fees note: Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. The tuition fee schedule for 2016/17 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than upper second-class standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus significant experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional.

For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the UCL Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

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: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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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Degree Information

By studying on the MRes, students develop a unique scientific understanding of art, heritage and archaeology objects, buildings and sites in the context of their historical, artistic, material, social and cultural environment. You will question and reflect on research in the light of broader societal, cultural and environmental issues. By participating in interdisciplinary discourse with other researchers, and with a wider diverse public, you will gain the skills to engage with diverse stakeholders: practitioners, experts, as well as policy makers.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • SEAHA in Context
  • SEAHA Transferrable Skills
  • SEAHA Research Methodology
  • SEAHA Field Project


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which usually includes placement in a heritage institution. The project culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, problem-solving classes, tutorials, laboratory and field-work and independent project work. It includes a significant research component with intensively linked projects, field-based research and a dissertation. Students present their research through a poster, a scientific paper, and a field-work report.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes


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.

HRP Heritage Science Scholarship

UK/EU fees plus £10,000 stipend (2 years)
UK, EU students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Graduates have pursued careers in a wide variety of fields, including further PhD studies and academia; museum science; curatorial, galleries and museums; heritage, preservation and conservation.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Consultant, The National Trust
  • Head of Conservation, Dutch National Archives


Heritage science delivers intellectual access to cultural heritage by enhancing knowledge of conservation, interpretation, research and management. Students will be ideally placed to take on employment in cross-disciplinary domains of industry, heritage institutions or academia. Alternatively, you may wish to follow this programme with a PhD in diverse science or engineering subjects.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides students with access to interdisciplinary teachers including internationally leading heritage professionals as well as a cutting edge heritage science laboratory, equipped with instrumentation and tools for environmental, digital and materials research. Students will engage in real-life case studies enabling discussion and reflection on complex heritage issues. By working with leading heritage stakeholders and fellow students you will challenge the wider value of scientific research in cultural heritage.

As part of the MRes, students benefit from a fully funded field laboratory experience involving the SEAHA Mobile Heritage Laboratory, enabling them to develop their research idea in the field, interacting with heritage owners, managers, and visitors.

Student / staff ratios › 5 staff › 55 taught students › 50 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

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 will appeal to science graduates as well as to graduates with a demonstrable aptitude for science and engineering. It is desirable, although not essential, to have some work experience. For applicants who have not graduated from a scientific course, a minimum of five years' professional experience in a heritage environment is preferable, with demonstrable experience in scientific or engineering research.

Application deadlines

29 July 2016
2 September 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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