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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

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.

When is it Available?
2015/16 academic year.

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 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

Henning Schulze
+44 (0)1522 835171


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.

Tuition Fees

   2015/16 Entry*  2016/17 Entry*
Home/EU £9,000 £9,000
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £4,000 reduction for students holding a first class honours degree)
£5,000 £5,000
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £3,000 reduction for students holding a upper second class honours degree)
£6,000 £6,000
(including Lincoln Graduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction for students holding a lower second class honours degree)
£7,000 £7,000
International   £14,500
Part-time Home/EU £75 per credit point £TBA per credit point
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.