Call for Applications: MSc in Conservation Studies, UCL Qatar
04 April 2013

Established in 2011, UCL Qatar is a branch campus of University College London, one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study of conservation, cultural heritage, archaeology and museology. UCL Qatar welcomed its first intake of 32 students from 13 countries in August 2012.

UCL Qatar is now welcoming applications for places on its MSc in Conservation Studies, commencing 26 August 2013. This MSc is a two-year course that covers a wide range of materials, from objects (metals, glass, stone, ceramics) to textiles and contemporary art, plus archaeological sites. Students will be trained in the theory and principals of conservation and will be able to specialise in a material of their choice in the second year. There is a regional focus to the course, as well as large practical elements, including placements at museums, sites and cultural heritage organisations across the Middle East region and further afield, in order to give students the transferrable skills required to assume a leading position as a conservator or within the cultural heritage sector.

Applications can be submitted online by visiting and selecting the ‘Apply Now’ link. The deadline to submit an application for the August 2013 intake is 31 May 2013, and it is recommended that candidates apply early to avoid disappointment.

Students at UCL Qatar benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever expanding conservation library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in Qatar, and from Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.

In order to be successful in securing admission, candidates must have a good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, normally with a minimum final GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0. Candidates must demonstrate strong motivation and a clear understanding of what the course entails, via the personal statement section of the application form. Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will also be considered.

A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Candidates who apply on-time and receive offers of admission are automatically considered for funding. They will be notified of the outcome in early-June 2013. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.


In addition to the MSc in Conservation Studies, UCL Qatar offer’s a one-year MA in Museum and Gallery Practice, in addition to a two-year MA in the Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World. Short specialist training courses are also provided for mid-career professionals working within the cultural heritage sector.
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