Taught course

Collections Care and Conservation Management

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

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Entry requirements

An upper 2nd class or above 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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The two year course offers a flexible study path to achieve your MA. The curriculum is delivered in themed 5 day modules spread out over the two year programme. Course modules cover a comprehensive programme of theory coupled with practical conservation exercises and visits that focus on key aspects of contemporary collections care and management practice. Residential modules are supported by off-site research assignments and a dissertation.

You can expect:

  • To learn key theoretical concepts and apply them in practical exercises.
  • To assess and prioritise risks to a collection in order to develop management strategies.
  • Use of the diverse collection at West Dean in real-life scenarios.
  • To study all aspects of collections care including context, security, salvage planning, loans and more.
  • Collaboration with conservation students.
  • Transferrable skills in research, academic writing, data analysis and critical thinking.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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