M.Sc. Conservation Practice

Cardiff University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 7,560 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 17,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits: 300 credits
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Conservation helps cultural and heritage objects tell their stories now and into the future. As a conservation student, you will combine theoretical knowledge with your developing practical skills in a laboratory setting.

With alumni working in the sector across the globe, Conservation at Cardiff has an enviable reputation for their courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level and for links with the heritage sector at home and abroad.

Students become skilled in the care, repair and protection of cultural and heritage artefacts and adept at selecting the appropriate approach from the full toolkit taught to maintain our past for future generations.

Course AimsTo offer knowledge and expertise to operate as professional conservators in the heritage sector. Alternatively, the MSc can prepare graduates for further research and offers transferable skills in project and resource management, problem solving and communication for a wide range of careers.
This is a conversion course designed for graduates who want to pursue a career in Conservation whose first degree was in a humanities discipline such as history, classics, fine arts, or a scientific discipline such as chemistry, biology, natural sciences, physics.
There is the opportunity for a placement in the heritage sector of at least two months. Previous placements have been with Imperial War Museum, Çatalhöyük research project, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales, Staffordshire Hoard project, Bristol Museum and the Royal Armouries.
Who is this Programme for?

The programme allows students with existing degrees to convert their qualification into a conservation degree which leaves them ready to enter the workforce.

Special Features

* There are opportunities to work on archaeological, historical, and cultural materials in a laboratory and to consider their value, use, legal and ethical context.
* You will gain a range of transferable skills.
* The degree offers students a chance to develop an exciting mix of practical and research skills encompassing aesthetics, ethics, science and project management.
* This programme integrates theory and practice throughout the degree and uses object-based learning in a series of practical seminar classes to teach the principles and practice of conservation. Learning outcomes for the module are correlated to the novice to expert scale utilised by Icon, The Institute for Conservation for competence assessment.
* Assessment of the programme comes through a diverse range of assessment methods including reflective learning logs, essays, exams, oral presentations, portfolio, reports and viva. This range of assessment ensures that students have developed a broad range of skills, knowledge and communication methods by the completion of the course.


This MSc delivers a conservation qualification that encompasses theoretical and practical skills. It provides a comprehensive intellectual framework with which to interpret, synthesise and critically evaluate objects and collections, evidence from research and from written sources. Students develop a detailed understanding of conservation theory and practice via project management and conservation of objects.

This MSc uses objects based learning techniques in a series of practical seminar classes to teach the principles and practice of conservation. Students develop a detailed understanding of conservation theory and practice via project management and conservation of objects.

The course aims to:

* Provide an introduction to the core techniques and methodologies of conservation.

* Teach students to convert theory into practice.

* Encourage students to develop original, independent and critical thinking.

* Enable students to devise a coherent, fluent and structured written research project in accordance with professional conventions.

* Extend students familiarity with information technology resources.

* Develop a detailed understanding and critical appreciation of conservation theory and practice via project management and conservation of objects.

* Provide a comprehensive intellectual framework designed for the interpretation and critical evaluation of objects, collections, evidence from research and from written sources.

* Develop competence in the use of equipment and instrumental tools.

* Develop practical conservation skills.

* Encourage students to operate as reflective conservation practitioners.

* Provide students with necessary support for conducting detailed analytical investigation of objects and materials.

* Establish within students a commitment to professional development and the ability to work with self direction and originality to contribute to the conservation profession and society at large.

* Encourage students to develop original, independent and critical thinking.

* Provide students with transferable skills that will increase their prospects of employment within and beyond heritage.

Course Structure

Students take a total of 300 credits of modules, consisting of:

* 120 credits of basic conservation training

* 40 credits of core skill training

* 80 credits of advanced option modules selected by the student

* 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff)

Students will have the opportunity to work in the laboratory on their objects most days of the week. You will have four supervised and scheduled half day practical sessions in the first year and two in the second. Lectures and seminars run throughout both semesters. Most students will augment the formal teaching time with additional time carrying out analysis, recording or conservation treatments in order to build a diverse and professional portfolio of experience. Your engagement with the course, whether it is by attendance in laboratories, classes or the library will be full time.


Suitable for graduates in archaeology, history, ancient history, conservation, science and chemistry, and other related and relevant disciplines.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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