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The part-time, distance learning MA Preventive Conservation course will immerse you in the world of preventive conservation and collections care by engaging you with the complexities and challenges of professional practice.

On completion of this two-year course you will possess the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide appropriate strategies for the care, storage, display, transit and environmental management of heritage collections.

During the course you will learn about the physical and chemical characteristics of materials commonly found in collections, preventive conservation policies and procedures, conservation-cleaning processes, environmental management strategies as well as the fundamental chemistry and physics underpinning professional practice. You will also undertake a placement that will allow you to contextualise the theory that you have learnt within professional practice. Personal research is encouraged throughout the course and you are provided with the opportunity to shape assignments in support of its development, which often leads to the focus of the final dissertation.

Northumbria University is the market lead in this fast growing area of conservation practice and provides teaching that is at the forefront of this exciting discipline.

Modules and Learning

This course is delivered in a distance learning format and the none-synchronous delivery provides flexibility as to when, where and at what pace you learn, which is particularly valuable if you do not have English as a first language.

The format is invaluable if you do not wish to re-locate or want to continue in part-time employment throughout the course.

All learning is student-led. You learn by identifying the area of research that is of interest to you and then develop it through the coursework and assignments using the teaching materials as appropriate. This makes the learning process more engaging, personal and meaningful. The formative and summative assignments and dissertation are designed to help you develop as the critical thinker, reflective practitioner and independent learner required in professional practice.

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

Year one 

  • EF0126 - Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)
  • VA7017 - Collections Care (Core,30 Credits)
  • VA7019 - Conservation Cleaning (Core,30 Credits)

Year two

  • EF0126 - Academic Language Skills in FADSS Level 7 (Optional,0 Credits)
  • VA7018 - Conservation Science (Core,30 Credits)
  • VA7020 - Work Placed Learning (Core,30 Credits)
  • VA7021 - Preventive Conservation Dissertation (Core,60 Credits)

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £6,990

Additional Costs

Distant Learning students are advised to purchase : The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping (National Trust Home & Garden) - National Trust 2011, ISBN-10: 1907892184 / ISBN-13: 978-1907892189, unless there is access to a Library which has this title.

FUNDING INFORMATION

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  • Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.
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  • Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.
  • Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.
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Your Future

On completion of this course you will possess the knowledge and skills required to care for collections and be able to understand, develop and implement appropriate strategies for storage, display, transit and environmental management.

We continue to support your continuous professional development after graduation through our LinkedIn alumni page, which enables us to alert you to potential jobs, conferences and publications.

A range of career options are available to graduates, with many choosing to pursue roles such as preventive conservation officers, environmental managers or collections managers in museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

The number of former graduates working in professional practice within the first six months of graduating is very high and former students work within many high profile organisations around the world including the National Trust, TATE, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia, National Museum Qatar, New Brunswick Museum Canada, National Library Israel, Heritage Conservation Centre Singapore, National Gallery Victoria Australia and the National Archives Norway.


Visit the Preventive Conservation MA page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

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