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Care of Collections (MSc)

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  • Objectives
    To offer knowledge and expertise to build a career in the museum or heritage sector.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:
    1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject.

    Suitable for graduates in Archaeology, History, Ancient History, Conservation, Science and Chemistry, and other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and biological and physical sciences.
  • Academic Title
    Care of Collections (MSc)
  • Course description
    Course Description:
    Graduates interested in careers within the museum sector have an opportunity to improve their career prospects within the museum profession by obtaining specialist training in the care of museum collections.

    The course is modular and has a common study structure with the MSc in Conservation and the MA Archaeology - the taught element lasts for the first two semesters of study and is assessed at the end of this period; this is followed by a dissertation.

    Taught Element (autumn and spring):
    All students study the following four core skills modules:

    -Writing Archaeology/Conservation
    -Introduction to Research Methods
    -Speaking Archaeology/Conservation
    -Data Presentation and Interpretation

    They also study the specialist module, Assessing the Environment and Designing for Collections Care, and then choose a second specialist module (according to qualifications and experience) from the following modules:

    -Theory and Practice in the Workplace;
    - Instrumental Analysis in Conservation;
    -Practice of Research-Based Conservation.
    -Museums, Objects and Environment.

    Dissertation(summer): 
    Upon successful completion of their coursework all students write a dissertation (maximum length 20,000 words) on a care of collections related topic. This may be theory, practice or research based and students are encouraged to focus their work on a real life problem in a museum or some other cultural heritage establishment.

    Special Features:
    The programme does not presume a high level of scientific knowledge, which allows it to attract applicants from a wide range of disciplines.
    There is a high proportion of transferable skills in research, project design and report writing within the degree scheme.
    It offers specialist skills for students building a portfolio of qualifications for entry to the museum sector.

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