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MA by Research Conservation

MA by Research 1 year 2 years School of History and Heritage Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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This MA by Research is designed for students who have a clearly-defined research project and wish to develop advanced knowledge in a particular field, without studying for the more extended degree of MPhil/PhD. The MA by Research in Conservation takes the form of supervised individual research, providing the chance to complete a dissertation.

Members of staff in the conservation subject area aim to provide you with the academic support to conduct in-depth research into the topic that interests you. You will have the opportunity to benefit from the School’s research expertise through a supervisory team and have access to a range of analytical equipment and technical expertise.

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

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

  • Archaeological Conservation
  • Paint and Pigment Analysis
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Cultural History
  • Analysis of Historic Materials.

How You Study

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.

How You Are Assessed

With the help of dedicated skills sessions and under the guidance of an academic supervisor, you will be expected to write a dissertation of around 25,000 words.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree in a related discipline.

Key Contacts

Dr Jim Cheshire
01522 835020

+44 (0)1522 886644

Career and Personal Development

Graduates from our conservation programmes have gained employment as conservators in museums, galleries, historic houses and conservation agencies, nationally and internationally. Internships have included roles in natural history at the Horniman Museum, mechanical objects at Edinburgh Museum and textile conservation for the National Trust at Blickling.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

Projects that necessitate extensive experimental work and analytical equipment should be discussed in detail the members of the conservation staff team to ensure that appropriate equipment and resources are available.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,500 £2,250
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,600 £1,800
International £15,600 £7,800
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £653 £653
Thesis Pending Overseas (MPhil/PhD only) £1,156 £1,156


2017/18 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,600 £2,300
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£3,220 £1,610
International £15,600 £7,800
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £686 £686
Thesis Pending Overseas (MPhil/PhD only) £1,214 £1,214

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset (30% offset for 2017/18 entry) 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 [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.