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Course content

This highly-regarded programme teaches the design, execution and delivery of research in conservation and conservation science via seminars and laboratory practice.

Overview

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. 

Distinctive features

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.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

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.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to a laboratory dedicated to conservation research and a wide range of in-house analytical equipment and specialist laboratories to support your studies and research including:

  • Analytical SEM
  • Portable XRF 
  • FTIR with microscope attached
  • Portable Raman Spectroscopy
  • EIS
  • X-radiography
  • Climatic chambers 
  • Digital microscopy 
  • NdYag laser
  • Digital photographic facilitiesObject conservation laboratories
  • Microscopy laboratory
  • Computer suite

On enrolment, you are assigned your own Personal Tutor and provided with teaching and learning resources, including Postgraduate Handbook. Additional specific module resources are made available during the programme. 

We offer one-to-one time in set office hours during teaching weeks, and also welcome email contact. Additionally, you can make appointments to see your personal tutor on a one-to-one basis about any issue. Our Professional Services team is also available for advice and support.

Career prospects

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.


Visit the Professional Conservation - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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