Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies


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Program Description

The Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies is an intensive one-year conversion course which aims to enable graduates from a non-conservation background to advance their knowledge and skills.

Students have the opportunity to access a range of analytical equipment and learn from practitioners with extensive experience. They can also benefit from the team’s strong links with museums, professional bodies, and heritage agencies.

During this course, students will be expected to produce their own portfolios of specialist drawings and photographs, and have the chance to develop technical skills for the treatment of historic objects. Students will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to involve themselves in live projects.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

The University of Lincoln’s Centre for Conservation and Cultural Heritage was formed in 2011 to co-ordinate academic research activities in conservation, history, and science in relation to the heritage sector.

Members share an interest in historic material culture and its conservation and analysis. They have access to science-based methodologies for materials analysis and the historical expertise needed to articulate the significance of this analysis. Members work with the museum sector as conservators, curators, and consultants.

Research themes of the group include architectural paint research, cultural history, and historic and ancient materials.

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How You Study

Students are able to access a wide variety of historic materials and can focus on their remedial treatment and preventive conservation.

The composition and delivery of the course are different for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practical work in conservation labs, 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 the study. The 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 an independent study. For more detailed information please contact the programme leader.


Level 3

  • Applied Practical Skills (Core).
  • Conservation Processes (Core).
  • Conservation Science (Core).
  • Conservation Theory (Core).
  • Documentation Techniques (Core).
  • Preventive Conservation (Core).

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How You Are Assessed

Methods of Assessment

Students on this course may be assessed through coursework comprised of a presentation, an essay, a progress test, reports, practical work, and portfolios of drawings and photographs.

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.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

Honours degree in any discipline or equivalent professional experience.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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The University of Lincoln’s global graduate community includes more than 90,000 former students across 135 countries. Lincoln graduates have gone on to secure jobs at major companies and organisations around the world, including the BBC, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Boots, GlaxoSmithKline, Lloyds Bank, and Rockstar Games. Read less