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Textile Conservation MPhil

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Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Textile Design Conservation Skills

Course type


Course Summary

Textile Conservation is a multidisciplinary subject which combines academic knowledge with cultural awareness, aesthetic sensitivity and technical skill. This MPhil is both an academic programme and professional training; it will give you a framework of theoretical knowledge and a range of practical experience which will enable you to contribute to the understanding and preservation of culturally significant textile artefacts.

Students will benefit from our close links with Glasgow Museums, as well as the University’s own Hunterian Museum. Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. You will have the opportunity to draw on the museums’ rich and varied textile collections. The core courses will develop an understanding of: the practical skills used in textile conservation; related practical skills including dyeing and photography; the science underpinning textile deterioration and conservation treatments; preventive conservation techniques; the technological, cultural, historic and aesthetic contexts of textile artefacts; the place of conservation in the wider cultural sector and transferable and professional skills including project management, problem solving, communication and client liaison.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 24 months | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


24 months

Start date



Preventive Conservation - Core
Placement - Core
Understanding Textiles: Technology - Core
Principles and Practice: Core Skills and Ethics - Core
Principles and Practice: Developing Skills - Core
Research Methods in Practice - Core
Material Cultures - Core
Conservation in Practice - Core
Deconstructing the Artefact - Core
Dissertation - Core
Principles and Practice: Advanced Skills - Core
Professional Development - Core
Research Management - Core
Principles and Practice: Conservation Projects - Core

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students must have an Honours degree at 2.1 or international equivalent; GCSE /Higher/international equivalent Chemistry qualification; Good manual skills; Previous conservation or museum experience is not an essential requirement, although it is necessary to demonstrate an interest in this work. It is recommended that candidates visit local conservation laboratories to gain a good insight into the type of work that goes on. A personal statement and sample of academic writing are also required.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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