After many successful years running a Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation, the City & Guilds of London Art School is proud to announce our new MA Conservation that will run alongside our existing BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course from Autumn 2017. All of our Conservation courses will then be validated by our long-standing partner Birmingham City University.

The course will run from Autumn 2017 focusing on practical conservation and research that particularly explores conservation of 3-dimensional cultural objects in wood, stone and related materials including decorative surfaces. Closely related to the BA, this course tackles more complex projects and higher level research.

Content and Structure

As with our BA (Hons) Conservation Studies course, the MA focuses on the conservation of three-dimensional objects made of stone and wood and related materials such as ceramics and plaster, along with decorative surfaces. The MA involves high-level conservation projects, advanced conservation science, research, ethics and professional practice. The course culminates in the completion of an ambitious practical conservation project accompanied by an extended research and treatment report.


Entry Requirements

Applicants for MA Conservation are normally expected to have achieved or be expected to achieve a BA (Hons) Degree in Conservation or a related subject

Applicants who can demonstrate equivalent prior professional experience will also be considered.

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language will be required to provide evidence of achieving the equivalent of the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above, with a minimum of 5.5 in all four areas.


This course has up to 4 places available each year. We are looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who can demonstrate:

  • manual dexterity;
  • observational skills;
  • an informed approach to problem-solving and project management;
  • an appetite for research objects, materials and their behaviour;
  • patience and attention to detail.

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to their potential and ability to demonstrate to a high level that they are able to:

  • Fulfil the entry requirements,
  • Demonstrate commitment, motivation for the course,
  • Evidence practical and theoretical knowledge of the subject,
  • Gather, research and synthesise information,
  • Critically evaluate their own achievements and recognise areas for development,
  • Evidence an interest in and knowledge of cultural objects and their historical context,
  • Demonstrate a range of hand skills and technical abilities,
  • Plan and prioritise their own time and set achievable goals,
  • Communicate ideas verbally and in writing,
  • Self-direct and evaluate their own work.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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