Obtaining a PhD in conservation is a relatively new phenomenon, as the academic discipline is still young.
According to the 2001 Clarification Paper of the European Network for Conservation-Restoration Education (ENCoRE), doctoral studies in conservation and restoration encompass basic research, applied research, experimental development or a combination of these. This can be on fundamental research into the artmaking processes, on innovative conservation treatment methods, material deterioration processes, or on theory and history of conservation. A PhD project contributes original research to the field of conservation. Find examples of PhDs in conservation obtained at the UvA at the left and links to PhD and Postdoc networks devoted to conservation below.
The Ulrich Schiessl PhD Colloquium presents PhD–projects of graduated conservators and examplifies the wide variety of topics. The purpose of the Colloquium is to provide a platform for PhD students in conservation–restoration and teachers involved in PhD study programs to discuss the state of the art of the discipline and to set up cooperation and exchange between institutions providing PhD programs in conservation.
CoCARe is an interdisciplinary PhD and Postdoc Network for Conservation of Contemporary Art Research. The network brings together international researchers in the humanities, social sciences, conservation science, and other related areas. Its main goal is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise among early and mid-career researchers in the field of conservation of contemporary art.