- An Honours degree, at 2.1 or above, or international equivalent.
- GCSE /Higher/international equivalent Chemistry qualification. A pass in the International Academic Projects distance-learning course Chemistry for Conservators is an acceptable alternative. See http://www.academicprojects.co.uk/ .
- Good manual skills – demonstrated by examples, preferably of stitching – examples are brought to interview.
- Previous conservation or museum experience is not an essential requirement, although it is necessary to demonstrate an interest in this work. It is recommended that candidates visit local conservation laboratories to gain a good insight into the type of work that goes on. Contact details can be provided.
A personal statement and sample of academic writing are also required.
Months of entry
- If you are looking to enter a career in textile conservation practice in a museum or other institution, or to pursue doctoral-level research in this field, this programme is designed for you.
- You will take part in a project-based work placement, where you can explore a possible future career while meeting professional practitioners and developing your skills and experience.
- You will be based in our specialist conservation laboratories. The facilities include workrooms, a wet lab, dye lab, chemistry lab and well-equipped analytical lab.
- You will benefit from our close links with Glasgow Museums, as well as the University’s own Hunterian Museum. Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. You will have the opportunity to draw on the museums’ rich and varied textile collections.
- This is the only programme of its kind in the UK, and one of only a few specialist textile conservation programmes in the world.
- You will be taught by visiting specialists from local and national museums in Scotland and the wider UK.
- Find out more about our facilities and research at the Centre for Textile Conservation and the Textile Conservation blog.
Find out more about core and optional courses.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
The selection process for the MPhil Textile Conservation programme begins some time before the start of the academic year, to allow students time to raise funds for their study. The closing date for applications is in November, for entry the following year.
The fees for this programme are high because of the intensive and high quality teaching and range of facilities and equipment that are provided. We realise that fees at this level may appear daunting but we give considerable support to successful applicants to help them in their fundraising efforts. If you are concerned, we recommend that you apply and that we discuss fees and fundraising as part of the interview process.
All successful applicants to the programme are encouraged to research funding opportunities and to apply for funding – advice is available from the College of Arts Graduate School. In addition there is some bursary funding available through the Textile Conservation Centre Foundation – all successful applicants will be eligible to apply to the TCF for funding. There are some other sources such as smaller trusts and grant-giving bodies in the UK, as well as some overseas sources.
Potential applicants could begin to investigate local sources of funding but you should not make contact with funding bodies before you have been offered and accepted a place on the programme. For more information please see: School of Culture and Creative Arts Funding.
Qualification and course duration
Further details of qualification
This MPhil is both an academic programme and a professional training; it will give you a framework of theoretical knowledge and a range of practical experience which will enable you to contribute to the understanding and preservation of culturally significant textile artefacts.
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions