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Second application round for Swedish applicants and EEA applicants March 15 - April 15

This application period is open for:

Swedish students
EEA students (EU Member States and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein)

Swedish students or EEA students apply at www.antagning.se

Conservation with Specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects, Master's Program, 120 hec

This programme is a practical conservation course. Laboratory-based learning is complemented by an internship in conservation practice. Research carried out in the second year of the programme will involve modern scientific inquiry and investigation. The course is taught in English and involves both theoretical and professional training to hone your technical skills and prepare you for a career in art conservation. From 2019–2021 the focus is easel painting conservation. From 2021, there will be a new focus.

About the Programme

Preserving works of art is necessary for the appreciation of our tangible heritage by future generations. Materials used to produce works of art are often intrinsically susceptible to chemical degradation; conservation aims to stabilize and understand how we can preserve cultural heritage and works of art. Climate change, risk, and increased demand for access to works of art in exhibitions are particular challenges that conservators will need to address in the future. 

A unique opportunity to specialize

The specialization—following ENCoRE requirements—has a different material focus. In 2019 and 2020, the conservation of easel paintings is offered. Different specializations will be offered in the future. The programme incorporates professional codes of ethics and scientific methods of analysis in assessing the condition of paintings and implementing preventive and remedial methods for conservation. You will develop methodological and technical skills while incorporating critical thinking in conservation, reflecting on how your decisions influence context and treatment.  

A collaborative and international learning environment

Our unique programme combines science, practical conservation, and research and is taught by experienced conservators, conservation scientists, and international guest lecturers. The Department of Conservation has a strong historical position in Sweden and has been running for over three decades. Our programme has rigorous and challenging teaching in the first year, followed by a second year in which you can develop specific skills during an internship and specialize during research. Internships and student research are based on a strong network of collaborations with international conservation centres.

Firm grounding in research and collaboration

Our programme is carried out in close cooperation with national and international organizations including the Swedish National Heritage Board (RAA), and enjoys an array of international connections, for example University College London and universities in the Nordic countries. We also have Erasmus agreements with conservation programmes across Europe.

If you’re interested in theoretical rather than practical art conservation, take a look at our sister master’s programme in Conservation.

Who Should Apply?

Do you dream of an international career in art conservation and want to deepen your theoretical and practical knowledge? 

Do you want to deepen your understanding of holistic practical conservation?

Are you a working professional who wants to broaden your skillset to include cutting-edge methodologies in conservation?

If you have a bachelor’s degree in art conservation, and want to develop a technical skillset in art conservation, then apply for the master’s programme in Conservation with a specialization in conservation of cultural heritage objects.

Programme Structure and Content

The first year of the programme consists of the main teaching courses, and the second year is dedicated to an internship and a research-based thesis project. Courses include lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory work, and investigations. You will learn new methods for assessment and treatment as you develop your practical skills. If you already have extensive practical experience in conservation, you may choose to spend a year on your final thesis, instead of doing an internship. 

After Graduation

Graduates of the programme receive the degree Master of Science in Conservation specializing in the conservation of cultural heritage objects. The programme prepares you for work in the profession and also lays the foundation for future academic study.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in Conservation. Students with equivalent education may, after examination, be admitted to the program. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selectionis based upon the number of credits in Conservation.

Conservation with Specialization in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects, Master's Program, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 602 000 SEK
First payment 150 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se


Master in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects

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Programme Syllabus

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Programme Syllabus

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