Dr Melina Smirniou - Programme Leader
Dr Melina Smirniou is a conservator and archaeological scientist. She has worked at the British Museum, co-directed and founded Conservators Without Borders, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the not-for-profit Heritage Without Borders. Research interests include the Late Bronze Age primary production and glass trade in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Eastern Mediterranean, as well as analysis and characterisation of glass and glazed ceramics from a wide geographical and chronological range.School Staff List Make an Enquiry
Lincoln’s MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage enables students to gain hands-on experience while being taught by experts in the field. They are able to develop a wide range of advanced conservation skills in preparation for a career in the heritage sector.
The city of Lincoln is bursting with history and the city’s rich cultural heritage makes it an ideal location in which to study conservation. Students have access to a wide variety of historic materials and can choose to focus on remedial treatment, preventive conservation, or collections management. There may also be opportunities to work with the University's commercial consultancy, Lincoln Conservation.
For those already working in conservation, a blended learning option allows submission of practical projects derived from your current place of employment.
MA students on this programme may have the chance to join an optional international study visit. In the past these have included trips to Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam, and Florence.
Most Conservation tutors and technicians are qualified conservators with a wide range of professional experience in the museum and heritage industry. Blended learning opportunities combining flexibility, support, and academic rigour also exist for those already working in the sector.
The composition and delivery of the course is different for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research, and one-to-one learning.
Contact and Independent Study
Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual module options chosen and the stage of study.
Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.
For more detailed information please contact the Programme Leader.
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.
This is a practical module covering the conservation treatment of one or more complex object(s) of cultural heritage. Exact content will depend on object type chosen. This module allows students to choose to specialise in a specific material discipline, or alternatively to pursue broader options.
This is a practical module covering the conservation treatment of one or more complex object of cultural heritage. Exact content will depend on object type chosen. This module allows students to choose to specialise in a specific material discipline, or alternatively to pursue broader options.
With changes in the employment patterns of conservators, the need for a diverse range of skills has become more pronounced. This module complements skills learnt in the other core modules. Students will learn through a combination of project based activities, critical reflection and co-creation. The module will build on background understanding and experience to increase their confidence and skills and prepare students to capitalise on a broad range of career possibilities beyond the university.
This module aims to develop knowledge of investigative techniques and its relevance to conservation and heritage science. Students will learn about a range of analytical methods and digital tools that can be used for monitoring and analysis of cultural heritage materials.
The module challenges conservation students to think broadly about the objects that they conserve. This module will encourage students to explore this process of assessing significance which supports institutions in attaining a deeper understanding objects and the values that they might hold for different audiences. This module will help students develop the analytical skills needed to assess the value of an object and how these fit into current professional structures within the heritage industry. Lectures and workshops will explore different intellectual approaches material culture and how each might contribute to the meaning and significance of an object or collection. The assessments will encourage students to produce professional museological documentation and relate the content of this module to collections management.
This module aims to give students the opportunity to apply and develop their existing knowledge and skills to an independent research project in an area of their own choice. The students will further develop, design and implement a research project in consultation with a supervisory tutor, and they will have the opportunity to reflect critically on a specialist area of cultural heritage relating to their Masters programme. Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during the completion of the research project. These costs are likely to vary depending on where the student chooses to conduct their research.
The module provides the underpinning theoretical study for understanding the principles and practice of collections management and care. The module introduces student to the “life-cycle” of museum objects and covers key issues concerning collections development, management of the internal and external environment, collections documentation and care. Procedures such as collections surveys, risk management, and emergency planning will be considered.
This module is designed to address key issues in collections management, with a focus on digital collections. As well as aiming to introduce key theory and concepts, the module contains a strong practical dimension, as students have the opportunity to participate in the production of metadata, the development of a content management system and the application of a content management system to supporting exhibition development.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
The programme uses a full range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, practical work, seminar and poster presentations, and a research project/dissertation.
Students on the blended learning option are required to submit a monthly report to monitor their progress, and sessions through Skype or over the phone are offered by the module tutor.
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days of the submission date.
Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.
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, you 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.
For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.
Students on this programme are expected to complete a Research Project which is undertaken during the summer semester. This may be conducted within the University, or outside, for instance, in a museum or laboratory in the UK or overseas. Please note that students are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during the completion of the research project. These costs are likely to vary depending on where students choose to conduct their research.
First or second class honours degree in conservation or equivalent professional experience.
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.
At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.
The University’s reputation in the cultural heritage sector leads to opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience on historical materials from museums and private collections.
International Study Visit
MA students on this programme may have the opportunity to join undergraduate and Diploma students on an optional international study visit. In the past these have included Berlin, Athens, Amsterdam, and Florence. Please note that students are expected to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs when taking part in an optional study visit.
We encourage all applicants to attend an interview. Interviews through Skype or over the phone can be accommodated for international applications. Submission of a full CV and supporting electronic portfolio is required.
For international applicants where interview is not possible, submission of a full CV and supporting electronic portfolio is required.
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Graduates 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.
The MA by Research is designed to enable students to advance their knowledge in a particular field of conservation.
Studying history can help us understand change and enhance our understanding of the modern world.
Students are able to learn a range of research methods used within medieval studies and develop skills such as palaeography and Latin.