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Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

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The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme for students with a passion for cultural heritage and the desire to combine theory and practice. It offers nine branches of specialisation within Conservation and a separate track in Technical Art History.

Conservation and restoration: From theory to practice

As a conservator, you will preserve and conserve cultural heritage, working closely together with scientists, (technical) art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists. The conservator represents an essential link to the object or artwork and plays a key role in multidisciplinary collaborative projects. The Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage  will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation, spanning humanities and science topics and combining specialist knowledge and skills with the interdisciplinary approach required in the broader field of cultural heritage preservation.

Discover Conservation and Restoration

In this video, teachers and a student of the Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage share their experiences with this study programme at the UvA.

Unique and innovative programme

Ten specialisations

Work with actual heritage objects

Combines humanities with science

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage at the UvA

  • UvA Conservation and Restoration teaches in close collaboration with Dutch heritage institutions and museums, offering an exceptional entry into the field. You build on your network right from the beginning of your education.
  • Practicals are taught in the Atelier Building (Ateliergebouw), located close to the Museumplein and home of two leading institutions of Cultural Heritage. The overall balance of theory and practice is approximately 50%.
  • Within each specialisation a small group of students works intensively together under the supervision of a lecturer and specialists from the field. Real objects are involved in the training.

Specialising in conservation or technical art history

Right from the outset, you have the unique opportunity to choose one of the nine branches of specialisation offered within Conservation or the separate track of Technical Art History. Each of these areas of specialisation has its own focus and you will be trained to become an expert in your chosen field from day one. Be aware that the nine conservation specialisations and the separate technical art history track are offered in alternating years.

Becoming a conservator

The Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is a two-year programme and marks the first step to becoming a fully qualified conservator. Following the Master’s, you can transition into a two-year Advanced Professional Programme in which you further develop practical experience, expand your scientific knowledge and complete one or more internships to achieve the international level required to work as an independent professional conservator in your field of specialisation. Find out here how to become a conservator.

Degree certificate

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is an accredited Master’s degree programme. Upon successfully completing this programme, you will obtain the legally recognised Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the title Master of Science (MSc). With this degree in hand, technical art history students can enter the field (museums/heritage institution) as qualified technical art historians. To qualify as a conservator, in conservation you need to successfully complete the subsequent Advanced Professional Programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60335
Location University Quarter