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Preventive Conservation (MA)

Course Description

About this course

The full time, distance learning MA Preventive Conservation course will immerse you in the world of preventive conservation and collections care by engaging you with the complexities and challenges of professional practice.

On completion of this one-year course you will possess the specialist knowledge and skills required to provide appropriate strategies for the care, storage, display, transit and environmental management of heritage collections.

During the course you will learn about the physical and chemical characteristics of materials commonly found in collections, preventive conservation policies and procedures, conservation-cleaning processes, environmental management strategies as well as the fundamental chemistry and physics underpinning professional practice. You will also undertake a placement that will allow you to contextualise the theory that you have learnt within professional practice. Personal research is encouraged throughout the course and you are provided with the opportunity to shape assignments in support of its development, which often leads to the focus of the final dissertation.

Northumbria University is the market lead in this fast growing area of conservation practice and provides teaching that is at the forefront of this exciting discipline.

Full time


Part time


Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to develop the knowledge and skills required for a career in preventive conservation and collections care within the cultural heritage sector?

Visit the Preventive Conservation (MA) page on the Northumbria University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Prospective students would generally have a first degree or comparable working experience in Collections Care. The programme can follow on from a wide range of first degrees including: Art History, Archaeology, Fine Art, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or Computing. For those already involved in Collections Care comparable working experience could be considered.

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