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M.Sc. in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces
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M.Sc. in Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces

Preparatory Programme (due to open in October 2018)

This one-year programme prepares students with no prior background in conservation to enter the MSc course in the Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces.  The programme, which consists of 60 ECTS of taught study-units delivered over two semesters, includes science-based topics for students with a humanities background, and arts-based subjects for students with a science background. Other topics to be covered include: documentation for conservation, research methods and traditional materials and technology. Work-in-progress seminars and the development of practical and manual skills are also given great importance during this preparatory year.

The next Preparatory Programme will be offered during academic year2018-2019. Applicants already holding a degree in conservation may be allowed to bypass the Preparatory Year, to enter the M.Sc. Programme directly in October 2019. 
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MSc Programme (due to open in October 2019)
This two-year multidisciplinary course concentrates on the conservation of decorative architectural surfaces (including wall paintings, stone, and mosaic). This is the only course offered in Malta which leads to the Warrant of Conservator-Restorer, which is required in order to practice as a professional conservator. The programme will contain an equal balance of theoretical and practical subjects, including: conservation history and ethics; research methods; materials and technology in architectural surfaces and sculpture; composition and properties of building and decorative materials; scientific analyses applied to conservation; the deterioration of stone and related building materials; environmental assessment for conservation; issues in the preservation and management of archaeological sites; conservation materials and methods. The course will also include extensive hands-on works both in the laboratory and on site, carried out both throughout the academic years and as summer placements.
The first year consists of 55 ECTS of taught study-units delivered over two semesters, followed by a 5-ECTS summer conservation placement. The second year of the programme consists in a 5-ECTS taught unit, 20 ECTS of Conservation practicals, a 30-ECTS dissertation and a 5-ECTS summer conservation placement.
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Career opportunities and access to further study

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of conservation, the postgraduate course will offer job opportunities in a diverse range of professions within the conservation and management of cultural heritage. This includes in particular the ability to practice as a professional hands-on conservator. In addition, graduates with a first degree in science may wish to continue their career in conservation science, whilst those from the humanities may wish to embark on a managerial career in heritage organisations. Such specialised professions are greatly lacking in Malta, whilst abroad, the Mediterranean offers many such opportunities due to the wealth of cultural heritage it offers. This is the only course offered in Malta which will lead to the Warrant of Conservator-Restorer, which is required for practicing as a professional conservator.

Course intended for

This course is aimed at attracting graduates from the sciences, humanities and from those already in the field of conservation. These can be accommodated in this postgraduate course because of the inclusion of a one year common preparatory programme which will bring the graduates up to par in the topics with which they are less familiar (science graduates doing subjects from the humanities and vice versa). The course is a challenging and wide ranging one, focusing on developing professionals with highly transferable skills. It is not expected that the candidates will have previous experience in the field of conservation (though persons with such skills can also be accommodated in the course), but a serious commitment to the subject is required.


Last Updated: 23 January 2019

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