UCL Graduate degrees


Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes

This innovative cross-disciplinary programme teaches 'hard' science subjects within a cultural heritage context. You will develop a holistic understanding of state-of-the-art science and engineering enabling you to identify, investigate and solve problems in arts, heritage and archaeology. Students gain a range of competitive skills that make them employable in industry, heritage or academia.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£10,740 (FT) £5,340 (PT)
£22,620 (FT) £11,310 (PT)

Application dates

Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018
Close: 31 August 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper 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 upper second-class standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus significant experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional.

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 UCL 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.

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About this degree

SEAHA students develop a unique, interdisciplinary understanding of art, heritage, and archaeological sites within their historical, artistic, and cultural contexts. You will question and reflect on research in the light of broader societal and environmental issues. You will gain the skills to engage with diverse stakeholders including researchers, heritage professionals, policymakers and the wider public.

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

  • SEAHA in Context
  • Research Methodology
  • Transferable Skills
  • Field Project

Optional modules

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 fieldwork and independent project work. It includes a significant research component with intensively linked projects, field-based research and a dissertation. Students present their research through a poster, a scientific paper, and a fieldwork report.


The programme includes a significant element of fieldwork as part of the Field Project module, including a week-long fieldtrip and a one-day study visit. The field projects take place in a historic property, in which students work in groups, using a variety of experimental methods to explore  conservation and interpretation issues.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology MRes


The MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology can be taken as a standalone degree or as part of the SEAHA CDT, for which we offer 12 studentships a year.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

ESDA Potential Energy Scholarship

£4,540 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

IEDE Postgraduate Scholarship

£4,450 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas
Based on academic merit

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates have pursued careers in a wide variety of fields including further PhD studies and academia, museum science, galleries and museums, and preservation and conservation.


SEAHA graduates have enhanced knowledge of conservation, interpretation, research and management within cultural heritage. You will be ideally placed to take on employment in cross-disciplinary roles within industry, heritage institutions or academia. Alternatively, you may wish to follow this programme with a PhD in a diverse range of science or engineering subjects.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme provides students with access to interdisciplinary teachers, including world-leading heritage professionals, as well as a cutting-edge heritage science laboratory equipped with instrumentation and tools for environmental, digital and materials research. Students engage in real-life case studies enabling discussion and reflection on complex heritage issues. By working with leading, heritage stakeholders and fellow students, you will be at the forefront of scientific research in cultural heritage.

As part of the MRes, students benefit from a fully funded field laboratory experience involving the SEAHA Mobile Heritage Laboratory, enabling them to develop their research ideas in the field, and to interact with heritage owners, managers and visitors.

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

Student / staff numbers › 5 staff › 55 taught students › 50 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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 as well as to graduates with a demonstrable aptitude for science and engineering. It is desirable, although not essential, to have some relevant work experience. Applicants without a scientific degree should have a minimum of five years' professional experience in a heritage environment, with demonstrable experience in scientific or engineering research.

Application deadlines

27 July 2018
31 August 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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