Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes

This interdisciplinary programme takes an innovative approach to teaching of 'hard' science subjects by taking cultural heritage as its context. The aim is to develop a holistic understanding of state-of-the-art science among researchers and practitioners in order to develop the science leaders of the future.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Flexible: 3-5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£9,835 (FT)
£20,700 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
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 2015/16 entry can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a 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 second-class Honours standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus extensive background and experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional at a senior level.

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 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.

Select your country:

Degree Information

Students develop an holistic knowledge and scientific understanding of heritage objects, buildings and sites in the context of their historical, artistic, material, social and cultural environment. They question and reflect on research in the light of broader societal and environmental issues. By participating in interdisciplinary discourse with other researchers, and with a wider diverse public, graduates gain the ability to engage with diverse stakeholders.

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

  • Heritage Science in Context
  • Impact of Heritage Research
  • Mini-research Project I - Fundamentals of Heritage Science
  • Mini-research Project II - Applied Heritage Science: 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 'living laboratory' 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 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.


Heritage science delivers intellectual access to cultural heritage by enhancing knowledge of conservation, interpretation, research and management. Ideally, you may wish to follow this programme with a PhD in an interdisciplinary science subject, or be employed as a heritage professional with a research-based role.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Consultant, The National Trust (2008)
  • Chief of Section, UNESCO (2008)
  • Curator, Department of Culture, Media and Sport (2011)
  • Senior Heritage Consultant, Atkins (2010)


Graduates of the course 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides students with access to: renowned interdisciplinary teachers including internationally leading professionals; a state-of-the-art heritage science laboratory, equipped with benchtop and portable instrumentation for environmental and material studies; real-life case studies enabling discussion and reflection on complex issues of heritage science and related fields; leading heritage stakeholders, engaging students in challenging debates on the wider value of research.

Students benefit from a fully funded living laboratory experience, enabling them to develop their research idea in the field by interacting with heritage owners, managers, and visitors, and from opportunities for project placements with leading heritage organisations.

Student / staff ratios › 105 staff › 304 taught students › 113 research students

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and 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 and those who can demonstrate an aptitude for science. It is desirable for science graduates to have at least three years' work experience. Otherwise, a minimum of five years' professional experience in a heritage environment is preferable, with demonstrable experience in scientific research.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

Apply now


  • Register interest in your chosen subjects
  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
Register now

UCL-IoE merger

UCL and the Institute of Education merged on December 2, 2014. Learn about the study options available to you.

Find out more

Life and learning

At UCL we're proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. UCL is a great place to be a student.

  • World-leading reputation
  • Extensive connections that benefit your study and career
  • The best and brightest staff and students from over 150 countries
Find out more