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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Conservation of Easel Paintings is no longer accepting new applications.

The course aims to:

  1. provide high-calibre students with training in practical skills and to offer excellent specialist supervision of studio work and applied research;
  2. educate painting conservators to the highest standard and to provide them with the means to contribute to research in the field of easel paintings conservation and preventive conservation.
  3. provide a stimulating environment in which students can reach their full intellectual potential; and
  4. help students develop a wide range of intellectual abilities and skills which will enable them to make a significant contribution to research and communication of their work in conservation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the University expects students to have acquired the following skills.

Practical skills

  • to be competent to assess the condition of a work of art;
  • to undertake the conservation and restoration of easel paintings;
  • to assess and suggest means to provide suitable environmental conditions for paintings;
  • to carry out the technical examination of paintings using a range of techniques and/or interpret analytical results (eg infrared reflectography, UV photography, X-radiography, analysis of cross-sections);
  • to undertake in-situ work on paintings in various collections;
  • to be able to communicate with internal and external colleagues, experts in related fields and clients.

Intellectual skills

  • to make ethical and empathetic decisions regarding a painting;
  • intellectual mastery of the conservation theory;
  • the ability to carry out research independently;
  • knowledge of the primary and secondary sources;
  • the ability to assess/interpret scientific data;
  • the ability to make measured critical judgements;
  • the ability to organise material and present a coherent argument.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

3-4 years full-time


This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Sept. 7, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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