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Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Diss)

This is a 2 year (full-time) or 3 year (part-time) course, which educates you to be conservators capable of researching, analysing, cleaning, preserving and caring for a wide range of archaeological and museum objects. This course is particularly appropriate for those seeking a career in conservation research. It is intended for those who wish to become conservation scientists or work in the fields of artefact research or preventive conservation. Graduates of the course will normally work in museums or large heritage organisations such the National Trust or English Heritage. Graduate students are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, but manual dexterity, a very basic knowledge of chemistry and an enthusiasm and desire to work with museum objects are essential.

Entry requirements

MA: A good second class honours degree (typically 2:1 Honours) or international equivalent in any subject and a pass in mathematics at Grade 4 (or C) or above at GCSE level, or equivalent. Applicants without a degree will be required to demonstrate sufficient academic capability to satisfactorily complete this degree. Chemistry Requirements One of the following: An 'AS' level in Chemistry or its equivalent A degree which included a significant science component, e.g. Biology or Material Science An A, B or C grade for Chemistry in a Scottish 'Higher' or similar high grade in the Irish 'Leaving Certificate' may also be acceptable Completed university level course units in Inorganic and Organic chemistry - this is particularly appropriate for students from North America Completed the 'Chemistry for Conservators' course. This is a correspondence course, which last approximately 6 months. Details of the course are available here. You will need to be able to accurately distinguish between colours and safely handle objects, scalpels, and other conservation tools. You may be required to undertake tests to ascertain the levels of some of these skills if they are invited to visit. Two satisfactory references are required

Course modules

Modules: Conservation Theory, Conservation Skills, Artefact Studies, Care of Collections, Conservation Practice, Dissertation.

Assessment methods

You develop your abilities as an independent learner through supervised practical conservation work for 4 days a week over 10 weeks and create a portfolio of your work and reflections. The emphasis on using the independent study and research skills developed in the first year of the course is continued through the dissertation, which marks out the researcher route. Under the supervision of a member of academic staff with whom you will typically have ten one-to-one supervisory meetings, you will undertake a detailed study of a particular area resulting in a significant piece of independent research.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 26,800 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 12,150 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 - 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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