Higher Education Courses

Lincoln is the largest centre for the study of Conservation and Restoration in the UK, with over 25 years experience in this field, offering opportunities at all levels from undergraduate study to doctoral research.

The Conservation Unit is part of The School of History & Heritage at the University of Lincoln and is situated in a new purpose built facility on the University’s Brayford Campus.

You will be joining a thriving community of conservation study and practice. Your experience will be enhanced by a close integration with the museum and conservation profession through contact with visiting lecturers, part time students employed in the sector, course advisors and supporters. Conservation staff and students are proud to work in a unique environment that provides a rich, enjoyable and supportive learning environment, and a friendly place to study.

You will be allocated an academic tutor on arrival and the University Student Support Centre offers advice and support to help you find suitable accommodation, career progression advice and financial guidance.

Conservation and Restoration has been taught in Lincoln since 1974 and the University can now boast one of the largest object conservation units in the UK, offering opportunities at all levels to doctoral research. Our courses offer the opportunity for students to work on a wide range of historic materials; classes from the start will focus around handling and discussion of objects from all periods of history and from all over the world.

All conservation practical tutors have a wide range of experience in museums and the heritage sector and a team of highly qualified technical staff support all student practical work. The Conservation Unit has strong links with local, regional and national museum and heritage professional bodies.

In addition to the light and airy purpose built conservation laboratories and workshops, the University has a well stocked library that provides access to electronic information sources via the internet and a fully integrated computer suite. Well equipped conservation science laboratories are also available on site.

During your studies you will be given the opportunity of a work placement in a museum, historic house or commercial conservation studio in this country or overseas.

So, if you have a passion for historic objects, potential for practical skills and wish to learn more about conservation, then one of our courses is definitely for you.


Specifically, the courses on offer are:

  • BA (Hons) Conservation of Cultural Heritage: 3 year full time undergraduate programme.
  • Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies: 1 year full time study. Successful completion of this programme allows for progression to the MA.
  • MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage, 1 year full time study. Distance learning options are also available.
  • Doctoral research to PhD in a conservation related discipline.

All study programmes present opportunities for part time study.



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