MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage

MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage

The School’s academics are leading researchers, authors and editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage.

The Course

These programmes of study are designed for students who have a passion to pursue a conservation or heritage based research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.

As a research student, you will have access to support and training designed to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at doctoral level. Direction will be available from a supervisory team and you will have the opportunity to benefit from the School’s research expertise in a broad range of conservation and cultural heritage areas.

Strong links exist with the Colleges of Science and Arts, and an interdisciplinary research culture can facilitate collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics.

Current doctoral research topics include:

  • How can architectural paint research and analysis enhance the conservation-restoration and historiography of cultural built heritage in the UK?
  • Regarding mediocrity: conservation, interpretation and presentation of the Doddington Hall tapestries.
  • Biodeterioration of limestone: role of microbial biofilms and possible intervention strategies (in collaboration with Dr Ronald Dixon, School of Life Sciences).
  • Nineteenth-Century Amateur Art in Places of Christian Worship.
  • Tennyson and the Archive.
  • David Brewster and the Development of the Kaleidoscope.
  • The Life and Work of William Logsdail.

The Course

These programmes of study are designed for students who have a passion to pursue a conservation or heritage based research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.

As a research student, you will have access to support and training designed to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at doctoral level. Direction will be available from a supervisory team and you will have the opportunity to benefit from the School’s research expertise in a broad range of conservation and cultural heritage areas.

Strong links exist with the Colleges of Science and Arts, and an interdisciplinary research culture can facilitate collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics.

Current doctoral research topics include:

  • How can architectural paint research and analysis enhance the conservation-restoration and historiography of cultural built heritage in the UK?
  • Tapestry as Material Culture in the English Country House, 1760-1814
  • Biodeterioration of limestone: role of microbial biofilms and possible intervention strategies (in collaboration with Dr Ronald Dixon, School of Life Sciences).
  • Nineteenth-Century Amateur Art in Places of Christian Worship.
  • Tennyson and the Archive.
  • David Brewster and the Development of the Kaleidoscope.
  • The Life and Work of William Logsdail.

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • Archaeological conservation
  • Architectural paint research
  • Collections Management
  • Conservation of a broad range of objects and material types
  • Cultural heritage and climate change
  • Material culture
  • Paint and pigment analysis
  • Preventive conservation


Previous areas of PhD study include:

  • The Materials, Construction and Conservation of Eighteenth-Century Women’s Shoes.
  • A Practical and Historical Examination of Jacob Christian Schaffer (1718-1790) and his Search for Non-rag Paper.
  • An Analysis of the Success and Cultural Significance of Parian Ware Sculpture in Victorian England.
  • 'Curatorship and Conservation: A Theoretical Enquiry into the Scope of Each Realm, their Interaction and the Consequences for the Perception of Works of Art'.
  • The History, Development and Conservation of Wrought Iron in Lincolnshire; the Significance of Minor Architectural Details.
Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. You are expected to work on one topic of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you are expected to produce appropriate written work, submit it to your supervisors, then meet with your supervisors to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The assessment at PhD level takes the form of an approximately 80,000 word thesis.

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone or Skype if preferred.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Applicants should possess a Master's degree in Conservation or related subject. A candidate with a 2.1 and significant experience may also be considered.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

Please take note of the following guidance:

  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.
  • The research proposal should be 1,000–2,000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research plans/study visits, and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • Archaeological conservation
  • Architectural paint research
  • Collections Management
  • Conservation of a broad range of objects and material types
  • Cultural heritage and climate change
  • Material culture
  • Paint and pigment analysis
  • Preventive conservation


Previous areas of PhD study include:

  • The Materials, Construction and Conservation of Eighteenth-Century Women’s Shoes.
  • A Practical and Historical Examination of Jacob Christian Schaffer (1718-1790) and his Search for Non-rag Paper.
  • An Analysis of the Success and Cultural Significance of Parian Ware Sculpture in Victorian England.
  • 'Curatorship and Conservation: A Theoretical Enquiry into the Scope of Each Realm, their Interaction and the Consequences for the Perception of Works of Art'.
  • The History, Development and Conservation of Wrought Iron in Lincolnshire; the Significance of Minor Architectural Details.
Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. You are expected to work on one topic of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you are expected to produce appropriate written work, submit it to your supervisors, then meet with your supervisors to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

The assessment at PhD level takes the form of an approximately 80,000 word thesis.

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

Applicants will be interviewed either in person or by telephone or Skype if preferred.
2018/19 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,260 £2,130
Home/EU 
(including Alumni Scholarship** 25% reduction)
£3,195 £1,598
International £15,300 £7,650
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,300 £6,650
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £682 £682
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,219 £2,219


* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 25% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

Master’s degree in conservation or related subject. First or upper second class honours degree with significant experience may be considered.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

Please take note of the following guidance:

  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.
  • The research proposal should be 1,000–2,000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research plans/study visits, and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


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