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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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Lincoln Graduate Scholarship

All UK or EU entrants who hold an undergraduate degree are entitled to the Lincoln Graduate Scholarship when they commence on a University of Lincoln undergraduate degree or graduate diploma degree in academic years 2014/15 or 2015/16 for which £9,000 tuition fees are applicable.

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.


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

The University of Lincoln has the largest conservation and restoration centre in the UK with more than 40 years’ experience of teaching specialist skills. You learn from practitioners with extensive experience and benefit from our team’s strong links with museums, professional bodies and heritage agencies.

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

The Lincoln Graduate Scholarship is available to UK and EU students enrolling on this programme. The level of scholarship you are entitled to will depend on your achievement in your undergraduate degree. Please contact us for further information.

How You Study

You will have access to a wide variety of historic materials and can choose to focus on remedial treatment, preventive conservation or collections management.

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.

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


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.

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.


For 2014/15, full time the international fees are set at £12,755

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.