Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings

Courtauld Institute of Art · Courtauld Institute of Art

Entry requirements

Successful applicants have usually gained a 2:1 or equivalent in their first degree, usually in the history of art, fine art or the sciences.

Months of entry


Course content

The three-year Postgraduate Diploma is a rigorous programme that combines conservation theory and practice, using both subject-based learning and problem-solving learning to equip graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to work within a professional framework in either the public or independent sector.

The course aims to educate reflective, professional practitioners able to contribute to the many different aspects of the profession, including interventive conservation practice, preventive conservation and collections management, conservation science and conservation research. The course structure is responsive both to professional requirements and individual interests.

The Department welcomes five students each year.

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

AHRC, Courtauld Scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
33 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations10
Professional practice60
Dissertation30 (10000 words)

Course contact details

Alex Hawkins
+44 (0)207 848 2635