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.
During their first year, students all take the following three core courses:
- Conservation Processes (ARCL0104, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
- Conservation Studies (ARCL0105, 60 credits, 27 weeks)
- Conservation: Materials Science (ARCL0106, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
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