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Master of Science in Conservation

Master's programme | 120 credits | Sustainability related
Autumn 2020
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About the Programme

Would you like to study conservation, assessment and development of the material cultural heritage more in-depth? The Master's programme in Conservation enables students to improve their ability to independently identify and address complex problems and issues within the different areas of heritage preservation and conservation. The programme also prepares students for third-cycle studies in the field of conservation.

If you are interested in specialising in the heritage of built environment, the Master's programme offers in-depth studies in a wide array of questions, from preservation to contemporary use and development, in accordance with societal aims of participation and sustainable development. It enables you to strengthen your competence for practice in the field of the built heritage.

If you have a background in cultural objects conservation, the Master's programme offers courses that will broaden your understanding of integrated conservation in a societal context. Presently a planning process is under way aiming for the development of an in-depth strand focusing on material properties, decomposition processes and long-term conservation as well as abilities to interpret and contextualize cultural objects and to critically assess relevant scientific, ethical and societal aspects in the multifaceted field of work of object’s conservators. This new strand will be fully developed for the fall semester in 2019, and will be preceded by gradually developed courses within this area.

If you have another relevant scientific and professional background, and an interest in the material and immaterial aspects of cultural heritage, the Master's programme enables you to deepen your knowledge in the theory and practice of cultural heritage conservation.

The programme begins with general courses that offer in-depth studies of the theoretical points of departure, historical conditions and role in society of conservation of cultural heritage, as well as assessment methods of relevance within the field. Students are then given an opportunity to design their own Master's degree by combining different individual courses with other courses offered by the Department of Conservation. It may also be possible to  choose elective  courses provided by other departments and institutions, in Sweden and elsewhere. Courses providing in-depth and broadened knowledge within specific areas of cultural heritage conservation are offered by the Department of Conservation. The programme ends with the completion of a degree project equalling 30 or 60 credits.

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Requirements and Selection

Requirements: A Bachelor's degree, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, a professional qualification of at least 180 credits, or equivalent training obtained abroad. The applicant's previous studies fulfilling this requirement must concern areas of knowledge dealing with the content, organisation or construction of cultural heritage, or different practical perspectives of cultural heritage in a societal context, or the conditions for how cultural heritage can be interpreted and constructed. 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.

Selection: Selectionis based upon the number of credits in Conservation.

Tuition Fee

Application fee: 900 SEK
Full programme cost: 238 000 SEK
First payment: 59 500 SEK

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Study Guidance

Tel: +46 31 786 4701,


Department of Conservation
Box 130
40530 Göteborg
Visiting address: Guldhedsgatan 5a

Programme that is sustainability-focused where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria. The content with a focus on sustainability must also, in accordance with the criteria, constitute the programme's main focus

Programme that is sustainability-related where at least one of the learning outcomes clearly shows that the programme content meets one of the current sustainability criteria.

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