Taught course

Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Diss)

Durham University · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

A 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.

Please note there are additional requirements in Chemistry - please see www.durham.ac.uk/course/F4K707 for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will educate you to be a conservator capable of researching, analysing, cleaning, preserving and caring for a wide range of archaeological and museum objects.

Graduate students are drawn from a wide range of disciplines, but manual dexterity, a very basic knowledge of chemistry and an enthusiasm and desire to work with museum objects are essential.

For those interested in an industrial placement in a conservation laboratory at a major museum - please see Conservation of Archaeological & Museum Objects (PP).

This course is particularly appropriate for those seeking a career in conservation research. Graduates of the course will normally work in museums or large heritage organisations such the National Trust or English Heritage.

Core modules:

• Conservation Theory

• Conservation Skills

• Artefact Studies

• Care of Collections

• Conservation Practice

• Dissertation.

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
£8,600.00 per year
International students
£18,900.00 per year

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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