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Professional Conservation MSc

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Conservation Skills

Course type


Course Summary

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. 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.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Cardiff University | 1 year | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to teach generic and heritage specific principles of scientific research and its contribution to understanding and decision making in the heritage sector. Students will consider decay processes of materials, the analysis of artefacts and the generation of empirical data to underpin sector practice in management of cultural heritage. Experimental methods and variables, statistical viability, sample suitability and concepts of reproducibility, repeatability and rigour within research design will be explored. Knowledge and understanding will be derived from a series of lectures and seminars focused on problem-based learning, case studies and hands on experience with historic materials. This module prepares students for scientific research and experimental dissertations.
MSc Conservation Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally possess a higher education degree with a first or good upper second class Honours (UK), or a qualification recognised by the University as equivalent to this.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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