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Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies

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

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Lincoln Graduate Scholarship 2016/17

Who is it for?
All UK/EU entrants who hold an undergraduate degree are entitled to the Lincoln Graduate Scholarship when they commence on a second University of Lincoln undergraduate degree or graduate diploma at the University of Lincoln.

Scholarship Amount
The value of the scholarship will be determined as follows:
— £4,000 for students holding a first class honours degree
— £3,000 for students holding an upper second class honours degree
— £2,000 for students holding a lower second class honours degree.

The scholarship is offset against tuition fee payments due for each academic year of study.

Selection Criteria

Selection is automatic when your application for an undergraduate course is successful, you do not have to apply for this Scholarship.


This intensive one-year conversion course aims to enable graduates from a non-conservation background to advance their knowledge and skills in preparation for further study or a career in the heritage sector.

You have the opportunity to learn from practitioners with extensive experience and can benefit from our team’s strong links with museums, professional bodies and heritage agencies.

During this course, you will be expected to produce your own portfolios of specialist drawings and photographs, and have the chance to develop technical skills for the treatment of historic objects. You will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to become involved in live projects.

How You Study

You will have access to a wide variety of historic materials and will have the chance to focus on their remedial treatment and preventive conservation.

The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, research and one-to-one learning.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Weekly contact hours on this programme may vary depending on the individual modules and the stage of study. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend at least two - three hours in independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.

How You Are Assessed

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Methods of Assessment

Students on this course are assessed through coursework and a phase test.

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

Henning Schulze
+44 (0)1522 835171


Level 3

Conservation Practical (Grad Dip)

This module aims to provide a first introduction to the treatment of historic objects. You will have the opportunity to 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)

In a series of structured practical exercises you will have the opportunity to learn skills such as cleaning, using adhesives, gap filling and packaging fragile objects. You also have the chance to be introduced to observational drawing and documentation photography.

Conservation Theory (Grad Dip)

You have the opportunity to be introduced to the principles and processes that govern the deterioration of materials and the treatments available to conserve them. You will also have the chance to study the terminology, approaches and ethical codes involved in conservation.

Understanding Objects (Grad Dip)

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

Special Features


Students on this programme will receive a free tool kit and personal protection equipment for use during their studies.

Career and Personal Development

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

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £9,000
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £4,000 reduction for students holding a first class honours degree)
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £3,000 reduction for students holding a upper second class honours degree)
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction for students holding a lower second class honours degree)
International £14,500
Part-time Home/EU £4,500 per year
Part-time International £121 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility


You may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

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, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.