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MA in Stained Glass Conservation & Heritage Management

Course Description

This innovative programme, the first of its kind in the English-speaking world, offers an integrated study of stained glass and its conservation, meeting a perceived need internationally for a qualification in this field.
The programme is taught in partnership with the Department of Archaeology.


Our aim is to offer training for a variety of employment, in stained glass conservation workshops, but also in heritage management, arts administration, architectural offices, and the administration of historic buildings and museums.
The programme may also be preparation for higher research degrees.


This is a two-year programme, including four terms of taught courses, with two modules per term, an sixteen-week placement, and a five-month dissertation. Modules will be devoted to basic and advanced techniques of glass conservation. Other fields of study include the ethics and the philosophy of conservation, history of conservation, art and architectural history, archaeology, building engineering, conservation and the impact of climate change, and heritage and business administration. There will be a free choice of art-historical or archaeological modules in the spring term of the second year. In each taught term a masterclass addressing current issues and new research will be conducted by a visiting lecturer.


Leading conservation studios in Britain, Europe and the United States host placements, providing valuable work experience, and networks for future careers.

Study tour

Thanks to sponsorship from Schott AG, every other year, usually in the Easter vacations, students will have the chance to join a study tour to France and Germany, visiting major stained glass sites, and leading conservation practices.

Visit the MA in Stained Glass Conservation & Heritage Management page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

college graduates with an undergraduate degree in related fields (eg architectural stained glass, conservation, other areas of art history, architecture, archaeology). Applicants without a college degree, but with exceptional experience or demonstrable skills may also be admitted, subject to an entrance test. Previous experience in glass conservation is desirable and advice on securing preliminary placements can be offered.

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