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Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Diss) MA Durham University

UK

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Summary

Course Summary

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 basic knowledge of chemistry and an enthusiasm and desire to work with museum objects are essential.

Course Learning and Teaching

The course is delivered through a mixture of lectures, seminars and practical classes as well as a dissertation. Typically lectures provide key information on a particular area, and identify the main areas for discussion and debate among Conservators in that area. Practicals then provide opportunities for you to implement and develop your skills, based on the knowledge that you have gained through your lectures and through independent study outside the programmes formal contact hours. Self-learning development packages allows you to continue your learning in a structured way outside the practical sessions. The dissertation allows you to develop advanced research skills in an aspect of conservation or artefact studies.

The balance of activities changes throughout the course, as you develop your knowledge, skills and ability as independent learners and practitioners. The course therefore prepares you for work or further study once you have graduated, with an emphasis on taking your learning from the classroom to real life situations in Museums and conservation laboratories. All teaching is delivered by qualified conservators. In the first two terms of the first year you will typically attend 4-5 hours a week of lectures, 6 hours of practical work including seminars, 3 hours of structured self-development learning and up to 9 hours of conservation skills working in the conservation laboratory. Outside timetabled contact hours, you are also expected to undertake independent study to prepare for your classes and broaden your subject knowledge.

The balance shifts in the third term, as you develop your abilities as independent learners 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. The department also has an exciting programme of weekly one hour research seminars which you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Career Opportunities

Many of our postgraduates move into an academic career, either teaching or by taking up post-doctoral research positions in universities. Others join museums or national and regional heritage organisations. Some work in professional archaeology, in national or local planning departments, while others elect to use their analytical and presentation skills to gain positions in industry, commerce and government.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Diss) MA.

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees

£18,900.00 (18,16,175) per year

Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

Sep

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirement for international students

Students need to have a good second class honours degree (typically 2:1 Honours) or international equivalent in any subject and a pass in mathematics (Grade 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. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 with no component under 6.5; TOEFL iBT: 102 with no component under 25; 185 (minimum of 176 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE); Pearson Academic (PTE): 70 (with no less than 62 in each Communicative Skill).

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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