Taught course

Buddhist Art: History and Conservation

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

Entry requirements

We accept overseas qualifications equivalent to a 2.1 in a UK first degree (e.g. US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above) in a humanities subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique one-year MA is offered by The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld. It combines teaching in the key tenets of Buddhism, the history of Buddhist art, and the making and conservation of Buddhist art. Taught by a wide range of specialists, it includes a field trip to conservation and management projects in Asia. Drawing on The Courtauld’s research and conservation work in Bhutan, China and India, this MA is specifically designed to equip students with:

  • knowledge of the central concepts and tenets of Buddhism, and their historical diffusion;
  • knowledge of the history of Buddhist art in its various religious, social, cultural and political contexts;
  • knowledge of the making of various types of Buddhist art;
  • knowledge of the approaches to the conservation of Buddhist art, and an understanding of the ethical, technical and administrative contexts;
  • on-site exposure to conservation and management projects on Buddhist art in Asia.

In this full-time twelve-month course, teaching is mainly concentrated in three 11-week terms, but supervision of the dissertation continues during the summer months. Students undertake a dissertation which will consider an aspect of the original techniques, conservation, management, curating, history or use of Buddhist art.

The MA provides a comprehensive grounding in Buddhist art and its conservation both for those intending to pursue further specialist conservation education, and for others who wish to proceed into related fields such as art-historical research, curating, or site-management.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld offers a significant number of substantial scholarships for the MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and need. To apply for a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Scholarship, download the application form below and tick the ‘MA Buddhist Art: History and Conservation’ box in the ‘Course Detail’ section of the form.

Courtauld scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of many donors The Courtauld has a number of scholarships to support Conservation, MA and PhD students, which may cover fees and/or maintenance.

Scholarships are offered by The Courtauld on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to financial need, to enable MA, PhD and Conservation students to take up places at The Courtauld.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months

Course contact details

Alex Hawkins
+44 (0)20 7848 2635