Syllabus for Master's Thesis in Conservation

Examensarbete för masterexamen i kulturvård


  • 45 credits
  • Course code: 5KV709
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Conservation A2E
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-11-13
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 46, 2017
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, including at least 60 credits in conservation or a similar field of study. 30 credits in conservation at Master's level.
  • Responsible department: Department of Art History

Decisions and guidelines

The course is mandatory for students attending the Master's Programme in the Humanities, specializing in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability.

Learning outcomes

The student should, after completing the course, be able to
regarding knowledge and understanding

  • relate a chosen research problem to relevant research.
  • on the basis of substantial in-depth knowledge, critically reflect on the development of the own discipline.
regarding competence and skills
  • within the field of conservation independently and critically identify scientific problems and formulate relevant research questions.
  • use established scientific theories and methods relevant to the research problem.
  • systematically process source material and analyse empirical data
  • verbally defend a scientific work and critically review the work of others.
  • independently plan and carry out a larger research project within a given time frame.
regarding judgement and approach
  • demonstrate the ability to evaluate and take into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects,
  • show awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work, both nationally and internationally in the field of cultural heritage.


The course is divided into two sections.
Part 1, 15 credits: In the first section, the student begins an independent research project where knowledge from previous courses in the field is applied and developed. With the help of a supervisor, the student identifies a scientific problem in the field of cultural heritage and performs a literature study relevant for the chosen problem. Some data collection may also be initiated during this section.
Part 2, 30 credits: In the second section, the student further examines the identified problem, and interprets and values the results in written form in the form of a thesis (degree project). The scientific final result is discussed in a seminar.


Teaching is given in the form of lectures, seminars and tutoring.
Students are entitled to tutoring only during the time period for the course. Attendance at seminars is mandatory.


Part 1: Active participation in seminars, submission of written assignments and defend one´s own text and opposition to another's text.
Part 2: Active participation in seminars, writing of a scientifically thesis and to defend one's own and publicly discuss and examine another's essay.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2018