Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Collections Care and Management 2 years p/t

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation · West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Entry requirements

An upper second class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject, or a non-UK equivalent. Students will also need to demonstrate an established relationship (employment or other arrangements) with a historic house, museum or collection that will support their research assignments. West Dean College aims to offer 2 in house placements. In the absence of a BA the requirement will be demonstrable research and writing abilities commensurate with BA level combined with relevant professional experience, which will be assessed on submission of a portfolio of evidence. International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) Level B2 or IELTS 6.5.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Collections Care and Conservation Management.
This new MA provides the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for a lead role in collections care and management within a
historic house context. It is aimed at conservators and curators with significant collections care responsibilities, as well as graduates from
conservation or other museum-related disciplines intending to develop their careers in this area.

Areas of study include locating a collection within a historical, social and political context; collections care and the fabric of the building; security; surveys; emergency/ salvage planning; agents of deterioration; archives; collection-wide risk assessment and management; loans, handling and packing; budgeting; HR; event management; education and outreach; introduction to grant-writing; housekeeping and care of typical object types, such as paper and books, textiles, tapestries, carpets and rugs, ceramics, stone and plaster, metals, furniture and organic materials, paintings.

Information for international students

Please refer to the website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please view the website for funding details for this programme.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Registry Office
+44 (0) 1243 811 301