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Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years part-time.

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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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Course Code

CONCONRP

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Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years part-time.

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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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CONCONRP

MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage

With a magnificent array of historical resources, Lincoln is an ideal location in which to undertake study and research in conservation.

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Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years part-time.

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

CONCONRP

Key Information

Full-time

MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years.

Part-time

MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years part-time.

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Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

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Course Code

CONCONRP

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Dr Rebecca Styler  - Associate Professor / Programme Leader

Dr Rebecca Styler - Associate Professor / Programme Leader

Dr Rebecca Styler is Associate Professor in English and an experienced researcher and PhD supervisor in the field of nineteenth century studies. She shares oversight of Postgraduate Research in the School of Humanities and Heritage with Professor Louise Wilkinson (Professor of Medieval Studies), with a particular responsibility for admissions. Rebecca can offer advice to applicants about their ideas for research projects and their suitability for doctoral study. She will forward applications to the appropriate subject specialists within the School for assessment.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Lincoln's Conservation of Cultural Heritage MPhil/PhD offers advanced research opportunities across a range of fields with Conservation and Heritage Studies. Research students can benefit from specialists working in: conservation science, preventative conservation, digital heritage, heritage and climate change, the conservation of historic interiors, and critical heritage studies.

Research students will be able to access 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 students will can benefit from the School's research expertise spanning a broad range of conservation and cultural heritage specialisms.

Strong links exist within the College of Arts and with the College of Science, and there is an interdisciplinary research culture that facilitates collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics. Current research areas include archaeological conservation, paint and pigment analysis, and preventative conservation.

Welcome to MPhil/PhD Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Lincoln's Conservation of Cultural Heritage MPhil/PhD offers advanced research opportunities across the fields of conservation and heritage studies. Students can benefit from the research expertise of specialists working in conservation science, preventative conservation, digital heritage, heritage and climate change, the conservation of historic interiors, and critical heritage studies.

Research students will be able to access 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 students can benefit from the School's expertise spanning a broad range of conservation and cultural heritage specialisms.

Strong links exist within the College of Arts and with the College of Science, and there is an interdisciplinary research culture that facilitates collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics. Current research areas include archaeological conservation, paint and pigment analysis, and preventative conservation.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. Students are expected to work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period. Students are expected to produce appropriate written work on a regular basis for submission to their supervisors, who can then provide feedback and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Full-time students will usually meet with their academic supervisors once a month; part-time students will meet with their academic supervisors every other month.

Students are offered support in developing their research, writing and presentation skills by a range of initiatives and opportunities in Lincoln's Doctoral School: https://doctoralschool.lincoln.ac.uk/

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. Students are expected to work on one topic of their choice for the duration of the study period. Students are expected to produce appropriate written work on a regular basis for submission to their supervisors, who can then provide feedback and agree the next stage of work.

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Full-time students will usually meet with their academic supervisors once a month; part-time students will meet with their academic supervisors every other month.

Students are offered support in developing their research, writing, and presentation skills by a range of initiatives and opportunities in Lincoln's Doctoral School: https://doctoralschool.lincoln.ac.uk/

How you are assessed

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

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

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

A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student's thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They are also expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Fees and Funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, UK students can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Programme Fees

Entry Requirements 2022-23

Master's degree in conservation or related subject. A 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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.


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 to 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.

Entry Requirements 2023-24

Master's degree in conservation or related subject. A 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.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/ . These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

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 to 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.

Interviews

Applicants with appropriate projects will be offered an interview with the programme leader and a subject specialist where they can discuss the details of their research proposal.

Research Areas and Topics

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

Current PhD topics include:

  • Architectural Paint Research: Examining the theoretical and practice-based contributions to the conservation of built heritage
  • Curating C18 culture: conservation, interpretation, and presentation of the Doddington Hall tapestries
  • Ince and Mayhew and their place in Eighteenth-Century Furniture History

Features

The University is home to Lincoln Conservation, a company that combines research, teaching, and commercial expertise http://www.lincolnconservation.co.uk

When opportunities arise, students may apply to work on live projects, providing the chance to gain professional experience.

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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.

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At the University of Lincoln, we strive to ensure our students’ experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have adapted to Government guidance to keep our students, staff, and community safe. All remaining Covid-19 legal restrictions in England were lifted in February 2022 under the Government’s Plan for Living with Covid-19, and we have embraced a safe return to in-person teaching on campus. Where appropriate, face-to-face teaching is enhanced by the use of digital tools and technology and may be complemented by online opportunities where these support learning outcomes.

We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance make this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web 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.