This highly-regarded programme teaches the design, execution and delivery of research in conservation and conservation science via seminars and laboratory practice.
Taught by internationally respected researchers, it is designed to meet the needs of conservators and science graduates wishing to expand into this exciting field.
The programme gives you flexibility to specialise in a variety of areas to suit your interests and career direction. With a focus on thought process rather than knowledge the goal is to produce problem solvers.
You will be taught by researchers with international profiles within the field of heritage science. The high profile of the Ferrous Metals Research group at Cardiff is used as a platform to teach a generic approach to research, which is transferable across the sciences and elsewhere.
This course can be completed in one year with full-time study or over 3 years with part-time study.
You study core modules totalling 80 credits and choose optional modules worth 40 credits.
Following successful completion of the taught element of the programme you progress to your dissertation (20,000 words maximum) on a laboratory-based research topic.
Scientific Approach in Conservation Practice Analysis in Heritage Science Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study MSc Conservation Dissertation
We teach via lectures, seminars, group discussion, tutorials, laboratory classes, demonstrations and field trips.
Our focus is on interaction with staff and involvement in laboratory practice. This aims to develop the skills and the critical insight necessary to generate and execute evidence-based research designs.
The dissertation forms an important part of the programme, as does the instrumental analysis and data interpretation that accompanies laboratory practice.
Assessment of the programme comes through a diverse range of assessment methods including essays, reports, written critique, data interpretation, oral presentation, research design, and dissertation.
This range of assessment ensures that you have developed a broad range of skills, knowledge and communication methods that are of direct relevance to the design, delivery and reporting of research, while also being of relevance within many other contexts.
On successful completion of the taught elements of the programme you progress to a dissertation of up to 20,000 words. This self-regulated year of study is ideal preparation for progression to PhD.
Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have embarked on careers in a range of professions from academia, the heritage sector, journalism and law to media research (media, commercial, academic), teaching and publishing. A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.
Recent graduate destinations include CADW, Church in Wales, Council for British Archaeology, Glamorgan Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, Tate Gallery, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas.
“Cardiff University was a natural choice for me when I was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and I was impressed by the passionate commitment of staff to teaching excellence and by the personal attention to student needs. The Master’s course was intensive and demanding, yet very stimulating and enriching. It has comprehensively prepared me for research across the broad spectrum of media and communication.”
Casmir Igbokwe (MA International Journalism)
The day I entered the classroom I was amazed by the facilities here; accessing the internet, online journals and library was easy any time of day or night. The lecturers are world-class and down-to-earth – I am getting used to calling them by their first names. Sometimes we mix outside School which cushions the serious academic work we do. I enjoy the exposure to a diverse range of cultures at Cardiff. The house where I live is a mini United Nations. We live like a family, sharing many things in common, dining out and looking after each other. I enjoy luxuries at Cardiff that I’d never experience in my country, Nigeria. After my studies, I hope to go back to preach institutionalizing some of these values in my country. By then, hopefully, I will have ascended higher in my career as a journalist.
Effie Ansah (MA International Public Relations)
"I chose Cardiff mainly for three reasons. It was the only British university offering a Master’s degree in International Public Relations. Cardiff also ranked 7th in the top 100 universities in UK at the time. The Dean of Studies at my undergraduate university in Ghana also recommended Cardiff and JOMEC (the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies) in particular.
I found the MA International Public Relations course to be a thoroughly exciting learning experience. The tutors are world-class professionals and tuition is highly practical and very relevant to the PR profession; the pitches and case studies were real issues of the day and very relevant globally. Each assignment offered a new challenge and added to the learning curve.
Every one of the MAIPR classes was like a miniature UN session - my classmates came from all over the world. I made wonderful friends and learned a great deal about different cultures in a short space of time. It has been a fantastic learning experience."
Kaisa Pankakoski (MA International Journalism)
“My experience at Cardiff University has been a very positive one. Even though my MA course was hard work, it has been extremely beneficial and I feel confident that after completing my dissertation I will have the skills to launch a successful career in journalism. I always felt welcome during my time in the University and tutors’ doors were open at all times if I needed a chat concerning my studies. Another advantage was the great cultural variety and friendly atmosphere - my class consisted of people from all over the world!”
Shelley J. Thompson (MA in Journalism Studies)
Cardiff University offered everything I was looking for in a master’s degree programme and more. As a professional journalist, I looked for an academic degree that would enable me to reflect on my practice and that of my colleagues around the world. The journalism studies degree was a perfect fit for that reason.
It was also important for me to attend a university that prioritises research. The JOMEC faculty members have conducted excellent research and are leaders in the journalism studies field. We learn from the best academics in the world, however, they always remain accessible to the students. Individual modules expose students to the evolving field of journalism studies and provide an excellent foundation for the students’ research projects.
Finally, Cardiff University and JOMEC in particular offer a diverse staff and student body from which to learn. Here, I have met people who taught me not only about how journalism is practiced in countries around the world, but also about their individual cultures. The experience has been rich in ways I could not have imagined. When I leave Cardiff University, I will not only have a master’s degree but lasting friendships that span the globe.
Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships
No. of awards TBC
“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.
We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.
This degree is suitable for graduates from conservation and the sciences.Degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this. Evidence of an interest in or commitment to the cultural heritage sector will strengthen an application.Applicants with a first language other than English must demonstrate a IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5 or equivalent.
30 June 2017
Recipient: Cardiff University
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