Degree structure



Students take compulsory core courses, one or more option courses and write a dissertation. Each of these components is outlined in more detail below.

Core Courses

Students all take the following four core courses:

  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation (ARCLG141, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects (ARCLG142, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Conservation in Practice: Preventative Conservation (ARCLG140, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Conservation in Practice: Conservation Management (ARCLG139, 15 credits, 11 weeks)

Option Courses

Students choose to follow further option courses up to the value of 30 credits from the following list of related options (the degree coordinator may seek to guide the option choices made by those intending to carry on for the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums):

  • Approaches to Artefact Studies (ARCLG120, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity (ARCLG092, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Archaeometallurgy 1: Mining and Extractive Technology (ARCLG108, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeometallurgy 2: Metallic Artefacts (ARCLG109, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological Glass and Glazes (ARCLG111, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Archaeological Ceramics Analysis (ARCLG114, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Chemistry for Archaeologists (ARCL215, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Interpreting Pottery (ARCLG112, 15credits, 11 weeks)
  • Lithic Analysis (ARCLG113, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Managing Archaeological Sites (ARCLG127, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Managing Museums (ARCLG065, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Museum and Site Interpretation (ARCLG034, 30 credits, 22 weeks)
  • Technology in Society: Archaeology and Ethnography in the Andes (ARCL227, 15 credits, 11 weeks)
  • Textile Archaeology (ARCLG223, 15 credits, 11 weeks)


(90 credits) - The dissertation (15,000 words) is 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 course. Students are assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of past dissertation projects include:

  • Conservation issues relating to managing the marine cultural heritage
  • A conservation study of the suitcases in the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum
  • Restoration versus conservation in aviation museums
  • Issues relating to the retention and conservation of skeletal human remains in UK museums
  • Conservation of intangible heritage, focusing on an annual masquerade ‘La Vijanera’
  • Conservation of historic wall papers.

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