Chemistry of Conservation - Restoration

General information

The Bachelor's study programme of Chemistry of Conservation and Restoration prepares university educated specialists, who have basic knowledge of chemistry disciplines (inorganic, organic, analytical a physical) and are familiar with chemistry, materials, methods and procedures used in the field of care of cultural heritage artefacts made of selected materials - inorganic (metals, stone, ceramic, glass) and organic (textile, leather, wood, paper). Knowledge of museology and history of arts are obtained at the same time, students are taught to become a part of team of conservators-restorers. The goal of the study is to prepare workers who will (following ethical code) be able to join the process of conservation-restoration, e.g. accomplish or propose a way of material survey, determine a state of material damage or degradation, propose suitable processes and materials for conservation-restoration, accomplish the intervention itself and create a full documentation. With the knowledge of chemical and physical principles of processes, graduates are able to become valuable assistants to solve technological problems. They can solve problems concerning protection of complex collection funds. Students of a Bachelor's degree study programme of chemistry will receive theoretical and practical knowledge complying with the present state of scientific knowledge, research and development in all fields of chemistry (inorganic, organic, analytical and physical) completed with theoretical and practical knowledge of methods of conservation-restoration of selected materials and with general knowledge in the area of history of arts, museology and vocational ethics.

A successful graduate is able to

  • perform experiments in a chemical laboratory including chemical compounds handling
  • propose and perform analyses, also using instrumental techniques
  • use specialized literature and databases to find relevant information
  • follow vocational ethics and standards
  • show knowledge of the history of arts and museology
  • propose and practise (basic) techniques of conservation-restoration of artefacts made from inorganic (metals, stone, ceramics, glass) or organic (textile, leather, wood, paper) materials
  • suggest solutions to protect artefacts and their collections (preventive conservation)
  • prepare specialized documentation, including photography.

Graduate employment

Graduates can find employment primarily in institutions involved in the care of cultural heritage such as museums, galleries, archives, depositories etc. Granted with a considerable insight into materials and processes they have a great advantage in comparison with narrowly specialized professionals.

As graduated chemists they can find a job in regular laboratories or testing departments as well. They can find employment at places where it is required to combine theoretical knowledge with specific practical problems and processes.

Faculty Faculty of Science
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech

Field of study combinations

Field combinations with Chemistry of Conservation - Restoration

This field of study is only offered in single-subject study mode

Admission Requirements

a) TSP or
b) Special Test or
c) TSP and Special Test (Czech only)

Recommended literature

The knowledge required to pass the Learning Potential Test is not obtained by studying specific information sources. Examples of previous years' tests can be found on

Evaluation criteria

Result of Learning Potential Test or Special Test

Frequently enrolled courses

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