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Care of Collections (Taught)

Cardiff University
1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
26 September 2022

Program description

Care of Collections (Taught)

Designed with entry to the heritage profession in mind, our stimulating MSc Care of Collections programme embodies elements of art and science tailored for a career in this highly rewarding field.

Taught by accredited practitioners respected worldwide, you will become adept in the skills essential for a heritage career. These include understanding of management strategies for the analysis of organisations in context and for planning and managing change, and recognising and utilising influence techniques. Twinned with a heritage organisation in the UK, you’ll experience collection management and operation first-hand, putting into practice newly acquired skills in project design and report writing to real-world benefit.

Through the teaching and assessments, you will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the factors impacting on the care and use of cultural heritage collections and apply those lessons to real world contexts with consideration for sustainable practice.

Your strong interest in the subject is a given, but our internationally respected entry-level programme does not anticipate a high level of scientific knowledge, making it ideal for those from humanities and science backgrounds.

Celebrating the centenary of Archaeology and Conservation in 2020, we’re ranked in the world top 150 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020) while our research ranked 12th among archaeology departments in the UK (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Admission requirements

  • a 2:2 honours degree in a relevant subject area such as archaeology, history, conservation and heritage, ancient history, the sciences, or an equivalent international degree

  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification.

English Language requirements:

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year One

  • Scientific Approach in Conservation Practice
  • Analysis in Heritage Science
  • Collection Care in the Museum Environment
  • Materials in the Museum Environment
  • Postgraduate Skills in Archaeology and Conservation

Year Two

  • Assessment and Design for Collections Care
  • Designing Research in Heritage Science
  • MSc Conservation Dissertation

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

Full-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £10,700
  • International students: £23,200

Part-Time tuition fees

  • UK students: £5,350
  • International students: £11,600

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

You will acquire a broad range of skills including the ability to:

  • Talk with conservators and conservation scientists on the decay of objects
  • Understand simple management strategies for the analysis of organisations in context and for planning and managing change
  • Understand the role of units of measurement and precision in determining data collection and interpretation
  • Carry out independent research on specialist subjects
  • Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and decision-making in complex situations and offer pragmatic evidence based solutions for problems
  • Recognise and utilise basic influence techniques
  • Present information in a professional context
  • Acquire the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

Continuing studies

A significant number choose to continue studies at PhD level.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this programme have embarked on careers within the heritage sector and related professions.

Graduate destinations from the programme include Canadian Conservation Institute, Cynon Valley Museum, Glamorgan Archives, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeology Trust, Gwent Archives, Horniman Museum, National Trust, Self-Employment, The Tate, UK Research and Innovation, Welsh Assembly Government and a range of universities in the UK and overseas.

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Cardiff University

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