UCL (University College London)

UCL (University College London)

Principles of Conservation

The course offers students an introduction to the context of heritage conservation, of how conservation works, and of the issues and constraints which affect conservation practice. The programme explores the principles, theory, ethics and practicalities relating to the care and conservation of a wide variety of objects and structures.

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper 2nd Class Honours degree normally in archaeology, anthropology, history of art or the physical sciences from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Degrees in other subjects may be accepted, and relevant experience (e.g. in conservation, archaeology or museums) is an advantage.

Course modules

Core modules: Issues in conservation (context of conservation); issues in conservation (understanding objects); conservation in practice (preventive conservation); skills for conservation management. Options: Approaches to artefact studies; archaeology and ethnicity; archaeolmetallurgy 1 (mining and extractive technology); archaeometallurgy 2 (metallic artefacts); archaeological ceramics analysis; archaeological glass and glazes; chemistry for archaeology and conservation; managing archaeological sites; managing museums; material structure and deterioration of craft materials; museum and site interpretation.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through coursework, essays, poster, portfolio, project reports and the dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Funding available from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. A small number of IoA Masters Award bursaries, normally in the region of �1,000, are available each year.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 9,285 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 18,670 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 4,665 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 9,285 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Camden WC1E 6BT South East

Key information

Programme Administrator
Telephone number: 
020 7679 7495