Research course

Conservation of Cultural Heritage

University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a Master's degree in Conservation or related subject. A candidate with a 2.1 and significant experience may also be considered.

You will need to submit a research proposal along with your application form. The research proposal will allow us to judge the quality of the application and to decide whether we are able to supervise your project.

Please take note of the following guidance:

  • A research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.
  • The research proposal should be 1,000–2,000 words in length.
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
  • You might include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research plans/study visits, and a timetable for the writing of chapters.
  • Make sure the proposal is well presented with sections and subheadings and is free of errors.

Months of entry

October, May, February

Course content

These programmes of study are designed for students who have a passion to pursue a conservation or heritage based research project defined by themselves, but with the support of an academic environment and supervisors.

As a research student, you will have access to support and training designed to develop the practical and critical skills necessary for investigation and study at doctoral level. Direction will be available from a supervisory team and you will have the opportunity to benefit from the School’s research expertise in a broad range of conservation and cultural heritage areas.

Strong links exist with the Colleges of Science and Arts, and an interdisciplinary research culture can facilitate collaboration with colleagues across a wide range of topics.

Current doctoral research topics include:

  • How can architectural paint research and analysis enhance the conservation-restoration and historiography of cultural built heritage in the UK?
  • Regarding mediocrity: conservation, interpretation and presentation of the Doddington Hall tapestries.
  • Biodeterioration of limestone: role of microbial biofilms and possible intervention strategies (in collaboration with Dr Ronald Dixon, School of Life Sciences).
  • Nineteenth-Century Amateur Art in Places of Christian Worship.
  • Tennyson and the Archive.
  • David Brewster and the Development of the Kaleidoscope.
  • The Life and Work of William Logsdail.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £4,600
International students
Full time: EU £4,600 Non EU £15,600

Please visit our website for further information on funding: Postgraduate Fees and Funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-72 months
full time
12-36 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Dr Jim Cheshire