Taught course

Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology

UCL - University College London · Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than upper second-class standard, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in a subject appropriate to the programme, plus significant experience in the field. The latter implies considerable experience as a professional. For applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination may be set. Details of this route can be obtained from the UCL Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Standard. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This cross-disciplinary programme takes an innovative approach to teaching of 'hard' science subjects by taking cultural heritage as its context. You will develop a holistic understanding of state-of-the-art science and engineering through research in arts, heritage and archaeology, focussing on a range of competitive skills making you employable in industry, heritage or academia.

The programme provides students with access to interdisciplinary teachers including internationally leading heritage professionals as well as a cutting edge heritage science laboratory, equipped with instrumentation and tools for environmental, digital and materials research. Students will engage in real-life case studies enabling discussion and reflection on complex heritage issues. By working with leading heritage stakeholders and fellow students you will challenge the wider value of scientific research in cultural heritage.

As part of the MRes, students benefit from a fully funded field laboratory experience involving the SEAHA Mobile Heritage Laboratory, enabling them to develop their research idea in the field, interacting with heritage owners, managers, and visitors.

Full-time: 1 year; Flexible: 2-5 years;

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
12 months


The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, problem-solving classes, tutorials, laboratory and field-work and independent project work. It includes a significant research component with intensively linked projects, field-based research and a dissertation. Students present their research through a poster, a scientific paper, and a field-work report.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214