School of Chemical and Physical Sciences

Heritage Materials Science

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year, unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences.


Heritage Materials Science is about identifying and understanding the materials that make up objects which are part of our cultural heritage, the way they deteriorate, and the means to preserve them. We do this through our knowledge of Materials Science and applications of the latest technologies to heritage materials.

The power of modern scientific methods in preserving and authenticating works of art, documents and antiquities for forensic scientific examination is increasingly being recognised. Graduates of this programme will be well qualified to be at the head of this global trend in museums, the art world and forensics related to heritage materials.

At postgraduate level Victoria offers the following Heritage Materials Science programmes:

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment and Course Advice Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Heritage Materials Science courses are taught within the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Laby Building.

A/Prof Gerald Smith
Programme Director
Phone: 04 463 5547

04 463 5335

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List of courses

600 Level Courses

HMSC 690 – Heritage Materials Science for PhD