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Course summary

This MA by Research is designed to enable students to advance their knowledge in a particular field of conservation. Research areas include archaeological conservation, paint and pigment analysis, preventative conservation, material culture studies and analysis of historic materials. 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.


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.

Assessment method

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

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject. Students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £4596 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4596 Year 1
Scotland £4596 Year 1
Wales £4596 Year 1
International £16700 Year 1

Additional fee information

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. 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.
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