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Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces

24 months
13400 EUR/year
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This multidisciplinary Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces course from University of Malta will deal with the conservation of stone and wall paintings and will contain an equal balance of theoretical and practical subjects.

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Topics to be covered will include: conservation history and ethics; research methods; materials and technology in architectural surfaces and sculpture; composition and properties of building and decorative materials; scientific analyses applied to conservation; the deterioration of stone and related building materials; environmental assessment for conservation; conservation management; conservation materials and methods. The Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces course from University of Malta will also include extensive hands on works both in the laboratory and on site carried out both throughout the academic years and as summer placements. A dissertation will be researched and written in the final year of the course.

Prior to the MSc, a preparatory year will be followed and will include science-based topics for students with a humanities background, and arts-based subjects for students with a science background. During this year, other topics to be covered include: documentation for conservation, research methods and traditional materials and technology. Work-in-progress seminars and the development of practical and manual skills will also be given great importance during this preparatory year.

Career opportunites and access to further studies

Because of the multidisciplinary nature of conservation, the postgraduate course will offer job opportunities in a diverse range of professions within the conservation and management of cultural heritage. This includes in particular the ability to practice as a professional hands-on conservator. In addition, graduates with a first degree in science may wish to continue their career in conservation science, whilst those from the humanities may wish to embark on a managerial career in heritage organisations. Such specialised professions are greatly lacking in Malta, whilst abroad, the Mediterranean offers many such opportunities due to the wealth of cultural heritage it offers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conservation Materials and Methods
  • Examination and Analysis of Building and Decorative Materials
  • Deterioration of Building and Decorative Materials
  • Conservation Practicals
  • Environmental Assessment for Conservation
  • Conservation Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Introduction Week
Monday 12 October to Friday 16 October
  • Opening Ceremony
Friday 16 October




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of:

  • a Bachelor's degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) or Category II in a discipline related to Archaeology, Architecture, Biology, Chemistry, Conservation and Restoration, Engineering, Fine Art, History of Art or Physics or
  • qualifications deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26800 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants:

  • No fees apply for students who are pursuing the degree to obtain a warrant to practice.
  • A Eur 400 enrolement fee applies for students who are already in possession of the warrant.


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