Conservation Practice, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • 17500
    Tuition (Year)
    7560
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
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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.
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About

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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits
    300 credits
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Full-time

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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17500 International
  • GBP 7560 EEA
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