Taught course

Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects (PP)

Durham University · Department of Archaeology

Entry requirements

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.

Please note there are additional requirements in Chemistry - please see www.durham.ac.uk/course/F4K507 for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

This course trains you to be a conservator of archaeological and museum objects. You will learn to research, analyse, clean, preserve and care for a wide range of artefacts.

The course is intended for those who wish to become practicing artefact conservators, or who want to work in the fields of artefact research or preventive conservation. Graduates of the course now work in a wide variety of museums as well as large heritage organisations, such as the National Trust and English Heritage.

Course participants are drawn from a wide range of disciplines. However, manual dexterity, a basic knowledge of chemistry and the desire to work with museum objects are all essential prerequisites.

The first year consists of 11 months intensive teaching in Durham. The second year is typically an industrial placement in a conservation laboratory at a major museum, although you may also opt to stay in Durham and undertake an independent research project - see Conservation Archaeological and Museum Objects (Diss).

Core 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
£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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