UCL Qatar

Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

Our admissions process is currently closed. We will begin accepting applications for entry in August 2016 in late 2015, through to May 2016. For enquiries about UCL Qatar degree programmes, please contact admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk.

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Degree Programmes

Conservation Studies MSc


Full-time 2 years


This MSc is a two-year course that covers a wide range of materials, from objects (metals, glass, stone, ceramics) to textiles and contemporary art, plus archaeological sites. Students will be trained in the theory and principals of conservation and will be able to specialise in a material of their choice in the second year. There is a regional focus to the course, as well as substantial practical placements at museums, sites and cultural heritage organisations across the region, in order to give students the transferrable skills required to assume a leading position as a conservator or within the cultural heritage sector.


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).

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

Students will undertake an eight-week placement at a museum, site or cultural heritage organisation.

Compulsory Modules
  • Applied Conservation Processes 
  • Material Science for Conservation
  • Placement II
  • Dissertation
Optional Modules
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
  • Public Archaeology
  • Museum Education
  • Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
  • Urban Foundations of the Middle East
  • Islamic Papyri 
  • Islamic Ceramics
  • Archaeology of the Ottoman Empire
  • GIS 1
  • Object-based Learning*
  • Interdisciplinary methods for the Study of Cultural Heritage*

(*If not taken in Year One)


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.


Students will undertake an eight-week placement at a museum, site or cultural heritage organisation.


For admission to this MSc, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard.

Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (7.0 overall).

There are no subject pre-requisites for entry, however some previous experience and understanding of Chemistry is useful. Candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form. Candidates should have a passion and curiosity for conservation and cultural heritage. They should also be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of what the course entails.

Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will be considered.


Students at UCL Qatar benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever expanding conservation library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in the Middle East, and Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.
Students on the programme come from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds, and have studied at Bachelor’s degree level subjects including Art, Art History, Archaeology, Architecture and Science.  


A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. For further details of scholarship opportunities please contact admissions.qatar@ucl.ac.uk


Applications can be submitted online. Our annual intake is in late August, with applications due on or before 1 May each year.