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Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management MA

University of York Department of History of Art

Full time September MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Our Masters in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management will give you practical experience with up-to-date conservation techniques, and an opportunity to work with leading conservation studios, providing you with invaluable work experience, and networks for your future career.

You'll train for a variety of employment in stained glass conservation, cultural heritage management, arts administration, museums, and the administration of historic buildings. You'll combine practical work with intensive seminar study to investigate the key issues in approaches to conservation and heritage. The course will also prepare you for a higher research degree.

The course is based entirely on the historic campus at King's Manor in the heart of the medieval city of York, and you will have

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Entry Requirements

An undergraduate degree in related fields such as architectural stained glass, conservation, art history, history, architecture, archaeology, fine arts, literary studies). Applicants below 2:1 or equivalent will be considered on condition of an interview with the programme leader.

Applicants without a degree, but with exceptional experience or demonstrable skills may also be admitted, subject to an entrance test. Previous experience in glass conservation is desirable.

Course Content

Open days

04 February 2021
Postgraduate Virtual Open Day

Where is University of York


Student Profile(s)


5222.jpg What's your background?
"I came from a background in Fine Art, and after completing a BTEC Diploma in Foundation Art and Design, was ready to study a more academic approach to the subject. I graduated from York with a BA (Hons) in History of Art, a degree that I really enjoyed. During this course I discovered a real passion for stained glass. I had a bit of a light bulb moment after visiting Bedern Studio and seeing the work of York Glaziers Trust in action and from that day I knew that stained glass conservation was the path I wanted to follow."

Why York?
York has such a wealth of stained glass, and the lecturers at the University are leading experts on its history and conservation. The University is so welcoming, and after having spent three years studying within the department as an Undergraduate, I was very happy with the approach to teaching and the facilities."

What’s the support like from staff and the department?
"I have found everyone to be really supportive. It is so rewarding to be part of a department where the teachers know their students well, and where you are able to approach them for guidance. Essay feedback is really constructive, and the marking is very fair. There is a lot of scope for research, and the tutors are very generous with their knowledge and are brilliant at offering advice and assistance."

Has the department supported you in career planning?
"One of the most fantastic things about the MA is that for four months at the end of the first year of study, each student goes on a practical placement to a conservation studio. This really is an exceptional experience, and provides a solid 16-weeks of hands-on work within a real conservation studio. This not only provides a huge amount of practical training, but also cements all of the knowledge gained on the course so far. I went to York Glaziers Trust for my placement and worked on some incredible projects, including the Great East Window of York Minster, a new commission, and a 20th century Geoffrey Clarke panel for the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. Other students have been to studios in Belgium, Germany, and the United States, and everyone comes back to the second year of study with really relevant and varied knowledge, which is great to share."


Funding for History of Art Postgraduates at York

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