Funding for MPhil Textile Conservation

The selection process for the MPhil Textile Conservation programme begins nearly a year before the start of the academic year, to allow students time to raise funds for their study. The closing date for applications is in November, for entry the following year (e.g. November 2019 for entry in September 2020).

The fees for this programme are high because of the intensive and high quality teaching and range of facilities and equipment that are provided. We realise that fees at this level may appear daunting but, through our supporting charity, The Textile Conservation Foundation (TCF), we give considerable support to successful applicants to help them in their fundraising efforts. All those who accept places are given detailed guidance and support from the TC Foundation to help their own fundraising efforts; advice is also available from the College of Arts & Humanities Graduate School.

In addition, there is bursary funding available through the Textile Conservation Centre Foundation – all successful applicants will be eligible to apply to the TCF for funding. There are some other sources such as smaller trusts and grant-giving bodies in the UK, as well as some overseas sources. The majority of students successfully secure funding for at least part of the cost of their fees.

If you are concerned, we recommend that you apply and that we discuss fees and fundraising as part of the interview process.

Potential applicants could begin to investigate sources of funding but you should not make contact with funding bodies before you have been offered and accepted a place on the programme.