Taught course

Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects

Institution
Durham University · Department of Archaeology
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Note there is a maximum of 10 places available on the course each year, due to the size of the teaching laboratory.

A good second class honours degree (typically 2:1 Honours) or international equivalent in any subject and a pass in Mathematics 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 lasts approximately 6 months. Details of the course are available here.

All students need to be able to accurately distinguish between colours and safely handle objects, scalpels, and other conservation tools. Students may be required to undertake tests to ascertain the levels of some of these skills if they are invited to visit.

Two satisfactory academic references are required

Months of entry

October

Course content

This is a 2 year (full-time) or 3 year (part-time) course, which educates and trains graduate students to be conservators capable of researching, analysing, cleaning, preserving and caring for a wide range of archaeological and museum objects.

It is intended for those who wish to become practising artefact conservators, 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 on disciplines, but manual dexterity, a very basic knowledge of chemistry and an enthusiasm and desire to work with museum objects are essential.

Course Structure:

Modules:

  • Conservation Theory
  • Conservation Skills
  • Artefact Studies
  • Care of Collections
  • Conservation Practice
  • Professional Practice.

Information for international students

All self-financing overseas students are required to pay a £1000 tuition fee deposit if an offer from the Department of Archaeology is accepted. The tuition fee deposit is paid before the University issues a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) number, which is required in order to apply for a visa.

Fees and funding

UK students
12150
International students
26800

£500 deposit is also payable by Home/EU applicants if an offer of a place from the Department of Archaeology is accepted.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Enquiries
Email
study@durham.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0)191 334 1000