Taught course

Conservation of Ceramics and Related Materials

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

Entry requirements

To join the PGDip/MA programme you will need to have a good first degree in Conservation or a closely related field; or have completed a Graduate Diploma in a closely related subject; or demonstrate an equivalent proficiency in basic conservation science, academic skills (research, writing and critical analysis) and practical hand skills, including manual sensitivity and dexterity.

Months of entry


Course content

You will develop your skills to professional best practice standards by combining theory and practice to undertake advanced projects. A research project is a core component of the programme. You will have the opportunity of a work placement at a museum of private workshop.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments.
  • To study ceramic technology, material culture and materials science.
  • To perform historical research and interpretation of the objects you work on.
  • To work on artefacts from public and private collections.
  • Visits to collections, sites and workshops.
  • Visiting lecturers.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Currently a third of all tuition fees are met through bursary or scholarship funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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