After your Master's

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

With your Master's degree in one of the nine conservation disciplines in hand, you can continue in the Post-Master's track or, if you are a Technical Art History graduate, you can venture into the job market directly or embark on an academic career.

Becoming a conservator

After you have applied to continue your training in the Post-Master’s track, you will receive a grant once you are admitted. The Post-Master's track offers you the chance to become a trainee conservator (RIO) and follow an intensive programme of supervised learning. Through participation in conservation and research projects, you build the competence to undertake conservation projects independently and gain experience in dealing with more complex conservation issues. Upon completion of the Post-Master's, you will become certified as a qualified conservator.

The job market

Qualified conservators may work for a wide range of public or private institutions involved with cultural heritage care. You may choose to work in a museum, art gallery, library, or scientific laboratory, to set up as an independent practitioner, or to join an existing commercial studio. Some of our alumni currently work, for example, at the Armémuseum, the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Plowden and Smith, The Rijksmuseum, Mauritshuis and Van Gogh Museum.

An academic career

Graduates of the programme who are passionate about research are also well-equipped to pursue in academia. You can go on to enrol as a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, another Dutch university or a university abroad.

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

22 November 2018