Professional Conservation (MSc)
1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Cardiff's Professional Conservation MSc provides opportunities for qualified conservators and scientists to develop their primary training in professional conservation practice and to enhance their research skills. The MSc Professional Conservation is designed primarily for trained conservators, but also provides science graduates with the opportunity to utilise their training and to develop their specific research skills within conservation science.
- Links conservation theory and practice in the workplace and research-based conservation.
- Allows students to choose various areas of specialisation.
- Both study pathways include a high content of transferable skills in research, project-design and report writing.
The MSc provides research skills, transferable skills and specialist knowledge. The course is modular and has a common study structure with the MSc in Care of Collections and MA in Archaeology - all students undertake a taught element followed by a dissertation.
There are two pathways available:
- Pathway One: Professional Conservation - students with a conservation qualification have an opportunity to further their professional, workplace and research skills. Emphasis is on developing investigative and research skills within the context of conservation practice and on reporting and delivering information to a diverse range of audiences.
- Pathway Two: Conservation Science - this concentrates on the theory and practice of analysis in conservation to allow science graduates to prepare for research and analysis in this area.
Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:
- 40 credits of core skill modules
- 80 credits of option modules selected by the student
- 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff)
Please see the Archaeology and Conservation website for more course and module information.
Students will acquire a broad range of transferable skills including the ability to:
- identify professional standards and provide work output that meets these standards
- recognise quality and set standards
- communicate effectively
- structure workloads and time manage
- project enthusiasm, self confidence and professionalism
- maintain dialogue with other professionals and the public
Graduates have found roles as conservation scientists, lecturers, researchers, conservators or gone on to higher levels of study.
1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in conservation, conservation professionals and science graduates.
International students can find equivalent entry requirements via our website.
Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.
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.
How to Apply
Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the MSc Professional Convervation option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.
For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding website.
UK & EU Full Time for 2013/14
UK & EU Part Time for 2013/14
International Full Time for 2013/14
International Part Time for 2013/14
Next intake: September each year
Name: Ms Jane Henderson
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5629