Taught course

Conservation of Wall Painting

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

Entry requirements

Bachelor's Degree Students will normally have achieved a good 2.1, considered to be an overall average 65% or above. English Proficiency Certificate All applicants are expected to have an effective knowledge of English, both spoken or written. For applicants whose first language is not English, we require proof of English proficiency.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA in Conservation of Wall Painting is a three-year course, designed to promote teamwork across the various disciplines that make up this specialist area of conservation.

The course provides graduates with an understanding of the methodology and technical aspects of conservation as well as how to assess the historical and physical aspects of wall paintings and how this relates to their environmental context.

It is an intense course. The first two years cover a lot of the fundamentals and are a mix of taught and practical sessions. The final year is devoted wholly to fieldwork and individual research projects.

The MA is exceptional in that all the travel and accommodation costs for fieldwork are paid by the Department.

Fieldwork is scheduled throughout the three years and makes up about 50% of the course work.

You will participate in departmental conservation programmes, which in recent years have been located in China, India and the Mediterranean. These projects provide maximum individual supervision and are designed to include all aspects of conservation— from technical examination, environmental assessment and diagnostic investigations, through passive and remedial interventions.

About 8 students are accepted triennially; the next intake is autumn 2016.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide proof of your English proficiency. The Courtauld requires an IELTS score of 7.0 or recognised equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
AkzoNobel Scholarship for Brazilian and Chinese students

The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that AkzoNobel, the world’s largest paint and coatings company, will fund two postgraduate students undertaking either a PhD or MA in Conservation of Wall Painting from October 2013. This new initiative builds on AkzoNobel’s current commitment to fund Sanjay Dhar and Sreekumar Menon, who are studying part-time for their PhDs. The additional AkzoNobel Scholarships are for students from China and Brazil.

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
33 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Professional practice10
Dissertation40 (12000 words)
Field work30

Course contact details

Alex Hawkins
+44 (0)207 848 2635