Conservation with Specialisation in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects, Master's Program
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The Master’s Programme in Conservation with Specialisation in Conservation of Cultural Heritage Objects provides an opportunity to specialise within the field, and to develop in depth skills in conservation techniques and instruments. At the programme, you will develop methodological and technical skills while incorporating critical thinking in conservation. The programme prepares you for a professional career, as well as lays the foundation for future academic studies. The specialisation for the upcoming academic year 23/24 is textiles.
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 and the increased demand for access to works of art in exhibitions are particular challenges that conservators address.
A unique opportunity to specialise
The programme offers a new specialisation each start of the programme. In the academic year 2023/2024 the specialisation is textiles. The academic year of 2024/2025 the specialisation offered will be archeological materials. Planned specialisations for upcoming years are stone, metals, monumentual art, glass and ceramics, paper, and conservation science. During the programme you will also develop in-depth skills in a variety of conservation techniques and instruments.
The programme incorporates professional codes of ethics and scientific methods of analysis in assessing the condition of artefacts and implementing preventive and remedial methods for conservation. At the programme, you will develop methodological and technical skills while incorporating critical thinking in conservation, reflecting on how your decisions influence context and treatment.
The programme offers practical in-depth studies in:
- 3D Modelling;
- Video Production;
- Technical Photography;
- X-Ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF);
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR);
- Raman Spectroscopy, and
- Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS).
A collaborative and international learning environment
The 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 operating for over three decades. The first year at the master’s programme offers rigorous and challenging teaching followed by a second year in which you can develop specific skills during an internship and specialise 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 organisations including the Swedish National Heritage Board (RAA), and enjoys an array of international connections, for example with the University College London and universities in the Nordic countries. We also have Erasmus agreements with conservation programmes across Europe.
Programme structure and content
The first year of the programme is comprised by courses within the main field of study, and the second year is dedicated to an internship and a research-based thesis project.
Throughout the programme you will participate in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory work. 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.