Taught course

Preventive Conservation

Northumbria University · Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Prospective students would generally have a first degree or comparable working experience in Collections Care. The programme can follow on from a wide range of first degrees including: Art History, Archaeology, Fine Art, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering or Computing. For those already involved in Collections Care comparable working experience could be considered. You will also need: Good written and spoken English A computer A digital camera

Months of entry


Course content

Preventive Conservation develops an understanding of the wide range of materials that are used to create objects of moveable cultural heritage as well as the most appropriate strategies for storage, display and transportation.

This highly vocational programme offers you the opportunity to carry out work placements to further develop your skills and understanding.

You will study modules on the theories of preventive conservation, environmental management, physics and chemistry. You will be taught using lectures and seminars and assessed through assignments, portfolios and examinations.

Upon graduating, you will be able to take up such jobs as preventive conservation officer, environmental manager or collections manager in a museum, gallery, historic property or area museums service.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4444