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Professional Conservation (MSc)

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

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. 

Key facts

Next intakeSeptember 2020
Duration1 year
QualificationMSc
ModeFull-time
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Admissions criteria

 

This degree is suitable for graduates from Archaeology, History, Ancient History, Conservation & Heritage, the Sciences.

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. 

Evidence of an interest in or commitment to the cultural heritage sector will strengthen an application.

Applicants with a first language other than English:You must demonstrate a IELTS test with a minimum score of 6.5(with at least 6.0 in any sub-score) or equivalent.

We welcome applications year-round but to commence your studies in any given year (starting September), you must submit your application by 1st August.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

This is a full-time programme, taught over two semesters (one year).

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. In some instances, this research may be included in a Cardiff based publication, with your name included on the author list.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

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. 

How will I be assessed?

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.

What skills will I practise and develop?

You will develop a wide range of skills, including ability to: 

•    Problem solve
•    Make evidence-based decisions via reading, observation and experiment
•    Design experiments to support conservation goals
•    Evaluate, interpret and contextualise analytical data 
•    Understand the importance of sampling and sample design in conservation science
•    Pragmatically integrate experimental data into conservation contexts
•    Operate selected instrumental analysis techniques
•    Recognise good and bad research
•    Identify and define research impact within conservation
•    Manage small scientific projects
•    Communicate orally with specialists, non-specialists and stakeholders
•    Produce writing styles to suit the needs of end users
•    Influence the viewpoint of others with evidence-based argument
•    Evaluate your own decisions and accept formative critique from colleagues
•    Deconstruct problems and build solutions for them

Transferable Skills

•    Identify professional standards and provide work output that meets these standards
•    Recognise quality
•    Set standards
•    Communicate effectively with fellow professionals and the public
•    Time manage and structure workload 

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.

 

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£9,950None

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EU students entering in 2019/20 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£21,700£1,000

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Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

 No specific equipment is required.