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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.

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.

Structure

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.

Core modules:

Scientific Approach in Conservation Practice
Analysis in Heritage Science
Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation
Skills and Methods for Postgraduate Study
MSc Conservation Dissertation

Teaching

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

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.

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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