Taught course

Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (Dissertation)

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 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 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 last 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.

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

Information for international students

Please check the English Language requirements for your subject and level of study.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Archaeology admissions
Email
pgarch.admissions@durham.ac.uk
Phone
(0)191 334 1100