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Conservation and Restoration

Post-Master's programme

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

The formal entry requirement for the Post-Master’s programme is a Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the University of Amsterdam. This full-time two-year Post-Master’s programme prepares the conservation trainee to become a qualified professional conservator.

At the beginning the programme involves both theoretical and practical teaching after which the focus gradually shifts towards gaining more practical experience. This includes the careful study and assessment of cultural heritage objects in order to make responsible choices regarding their treatment. The choices made have to be critically tested prior treatment and adjusted when needed as part of the course of treatment. By gaining as much experience as possible in both research and treatment practice, the conservation trainee will learn to develop a flexible attitude and gain enough self-confidence to take responsibility for the whole conservation treatment process. 

The second year of the Post-Master programme entails at least one work placement in the Netherlands or abroad.


Contemporary Art trainees at Studio André Volten

Book and Paper trainees treating a 1930s film poster

Wood and Furniture trainees on 17th C tabernacle

Work placement at the Kröller-Mülller Museum

Work placement at the Mauritshuis

Work placement at University of Delaware