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Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies

Graduate Diploma 1 year 2 years School of History & Heritage Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Conservation and Restoration Graduate Diploma Scholarship

Successful UK/EU applicants studying on the Graduate Diploma in Conservation and Restoration in academic year 2013/14 will be awarded a scholarship of £1,500 towards tuition fees.

Tuition fees are charged at £9,000 a year for 2013 entry but with the Conservation and Restoration Graduate Diploma Scholarship this results in a net fee of £7,500.

For 13/14, full time the international fees are set at £12,755


The Graduate Diploma is an intensive one-year conversion course for graduates from a non-conservation background. It enables you to progress on to the Masters in Conservation of Historic Objects to complete your conservation training. Alternatively, it provides a platform from which you can pursue a career in the heritage industry.

You are assessed at key points throughout the year. A portfolio of drawings and photographs are required as part of the Conservation Skills module, which also includes two practical assessments. Conservation theory is assessed by a presentation and phase test. Other modules require documentation in the form of notebooks, essays and reports, and an assessment of the treatments applied to historic objects.

Entry Requirements

A honours degree in any discipline or equivalent prior experience.

IELTS band 6.0 or above with no less than 5.5 in each band score.

Key Contacts

Dr Rachel Faulding
+44 (0)1522 895054

+44 (0)1522 837171

Level 3

Conservation Practical (Grad Dip)

This is your first introduction to the treatment of historic objects. You will be taken through the processes of recording, decision-making and treatments working on a range of objects from museums and historic houses.

Conservation Skills (Grad Dip)

You are taught a wide range of basic skills used in practical conservation. You will be taken through a series of structured practical exercises investigating such skills as cleaning, using adhesives, gap filling and packing fragile objects. You are also introduced to drawing and photography.

Conservation Theory (Grad Dip)

You are introduced to the principles and process that govern the deterioration of materials and the treatments available to conserve them. You will also study the terminology, approaches and ethical codes involved in conservation.

Understanding Objects (Grad Dip)

This module combines an introduction to materials science and concepts taken from art history and study of material culture and relates them to the understanding and analysis of historic objects.

Special Features & Research Highlights

The University of Lincoln has the largest centre in the UK for teaching conservation and restoration skills with more than 25 years’ experience. The School has strong links with local, regional and national museums, professional bodies and agencies in the heritage field.

Career and Personal Development

This programme is distinctive in that it provides students from non-conservation backgrounds with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to undertake the study of conservation at Masters level. For others, it is a foundation for further training or work in fields allied to conservation.

If you have a passion for historic material and a desire to develop practical skills as well as build your knowledge and critical thinking, this programme could be your route into conservation and a career in the heritage industry.


Tuition fees are charged at £9,000 a year for 2012/13 and 2013/14 entry.
For 2013/14, full time the international fees are set at £12,755.
For 2014/15, full time the international fees are set at £12,755.
UK/EU students thinking of studying on the Graduate Diploma in Conservation and Restoration in academic year  2013/14  will be awarded a scholarship of £1,500 towards tuition fees.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.