Training opportunities in heritage science

Routes into heritage science vary, but generally include study at Master's level plus work-based placements.

If you are interested in training as a heritage scientist, see our list of organisations that provide either placements or funding for work-based placements, or both:

In the United Kingdom:

Institute of Conservation (ICON)


The National Trust

The Trust provides unpaid internships/student placements and occasional paid internships. Paid internships are advertised on the Icon website (see above). See opportunities

University College London (UCL)

The Institute for Sustainable Heritage at UCL offers two Master's level programmes for heritage scientists: MSc Sustainable Heritage and MRes Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Science and Engineering in Arts and Archaeology (SEAHA), which brings together experts from UCL, Oxford University and Brighton University, offers scholarships for heritage scientists.

UK Government

The Government offers career development loans (note that this scheme is closing soon and prospective applicants have until the 25 January 2019 to apply).


Outside the United Kingdom:

Canadian Conservation Institute

The Getty Foundation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute