The course aims to provide 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 unertake a taught element followed by a dissertation.
There are two routes available:
Route 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.
Route 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.
Taught Element (autumn and spring):
The taught element lasts for the first two semesters of study and is assessed at the end of this period. All students study the following four core skills modules that impart a wide range of research, transferable and life skills:
Introduction to Research Methods;
Data Presentation and Interpretation.
Alongside these core skill modules, students study more specialist conservation and/or analysis modules that control the focus of their degree. Modules include:
Theory and Practice in the Workplace;
Assessment and Design for Collections Care;
Practice of Research-Based Conservation.
After successful completion of the taught element of the degree scheme, students carry out research and write this up as a dissertation (maximum length 20,000 words). This presents an opportunity for further specialisation and allows students to demonstrate their command of research skills.
It links conservation theory and practice in the workplace and research-based conservation.
It allows students to choose various areas of specialisation.
Both study routes include a high content of transferable skills in research, project-design and report writing.