Institute of Archaeology


MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums Programme Structure


Students are required to take three core courses in the first year, and to undertake a ten-month internship in the second year during which they complete a dissertation.

First Year

Core Modules

During their first year, students all take the following three core courses:

Second Year


During their second year, all students undertake supervised work experience in a professional environment.


The dissertation (ARCLG036, 90 credits) is a 15,000 word research report on any approved topic relevant to the degree and the taught components. It is produced as a result of an individual research project undertaken during the fiorst and second years of the programme. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

  • Investigation of culturally specific repair techniques and their suitability for use on museum collections.
  • Priorities and decision making for the conservation of iron
  • Evaluation of geotextiles used in the preservation of buried structures.
  • Inherent hazards in collections; developing recommendations for handling, treatment and display
  • Re-evaluation of soluble modified nylon as a consolidant for fragile plant materials
  • Pesticide contamination of repatriated Native American cultural materials and methods to reestablish safe use of objects within tribal communities