Taught course

Conservation of Fine Art

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, usually in chemistry, physics, art history or fine art, although applicants from other related fields will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

If you dream of preserving the artistic feats of the past for future generations to appreciate, then you could have the passion that it takes to study our art conservation master’s program . Your love of art and technique will motivate you with the patience and attention to detail necessary for this career path, while a calm temperament is essential to the practice.

It is the combination of technical skill and passion for the arts makes this unique MA perfect for those from both a science-based and arts background.

Integrating a mix of fine art, science and forensic techniques, you will study a range of subjects including studio and work-based practice, conservation theory, science, technical examination, preventive conservation and research training skills.

This Conservation of Fine Art MA is employment specific and provides you with the highly specialised knowledge and techniques which are essential to a career in art conservation.

During years one or two you will have the exciting opportunity to take a placement in the UK or abroad, in order to broaden your cultural perspective and enhance your learning experience. Students have so far gained local, national, and international placements, ranging from; the Bowes Museum, the Guild Hall London, the Tate Modern, and the British Museum and the Museum of Australia.

While studying our MA in Art Conservation, you will be among a unique cohort of students choosing to study for Northumbria University’s Conservation of Fine Art MA, as the only Master of Arts course in the UK that specialises in the conservation of Easel Painting and Works of Art on Paper.

Studying for this two-year degree makes for fascinating study and calls for a special kind of person with both scientific and artistic ability. We will expect applications from students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, from either ends of the spectrum. This could be from the creative branches of the arts and humanities to the methodical and detail specific fields of chemistry and physics.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444