Academic Programme

The South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation is an institution of higher learning, offering a degree programme at postgraduate diploma level. Academic endeavours centre on the one-year, postgraduate diploma programme,“Technical Conservation Studies”, starting in January 2018. This programme was successfully accredited by the Council on Higher Education during 2016. View the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registration.

Council on Higher Education ref: H/PR892/E001CAN ; Dept Higher Education & Training no: 15/3/1/1191 ; SAQA ID:99760

Academic Programme

The South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation is an institution of higher learning, offering a degree programme at postgraduate diploma level. Academic endeavours centre on the one-year, postgraduate diploma programme,“Technical Conservation Studies”, starting in January 2018. This programme was successfully accredited by the Council on Higher Education during 2016. View the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) registration.

Council on Higher Education ref: H/PR892/E001CAN ; Dept Higher Education & Training no: 15/3/1/1191 ; SAQA ID:99760

Post-graduate Programme

The postgraduate diploma programme, 'Technical Conservation Studies' is a newly accredited programme, having been approved by the Council on Higher Education's Quality Assurance Committee (HEQC) during December 2016. View SAQA registration.


'Technical Conservation Studies' - a nominally one-year programme - is offered as a postgraduate diploma programme at NQF exit level 8. Offering preparation for both commercial enterprise and employment in conservation, the programme equally accommodates both the aspiring private practitioner and the candidate seeking employment in an institutional environment. The programme's first trimester is of an introductory nature, while the second trimester permits the student a degree of specialization. The third trimester introduces a supervised research component resulting in a dissertation.


View 'Technical Conservation Studies' post-graduate programme outline - TRIMESTER SUMMARY.


View 'Technical Conservation Studies' post-graduate programme outline - DETAILED PROGRAMME.


View Programme Fees

Faculty & Support staff

A full-time staff complement of 21 members serve the institution.

Faculty staff, lecturing the postgraduate programme, combine PhD and Masters qualifications with 69 years of full-time teaching and research experience – also encompassing a joint 34 years of research, curriculum development and tutelage at the Institute itself. Lending further support, non-academic staff contribute to programme administration, informatics, library & archiving, accounting, procurements and more.

Also treasured, are the campus' hospitality and grounds staff, who maintain essential comforts within the facilities and on the grounds.

See staff profiles and overview here...

Internship Programme

The Institute is a recognized and popular internship destination for graduands or graduates from established, foreign conservation programmes. Internships varying from 6 – 12 weeks in duration are typically considered, and an upper age limit of 28 years is in effect. Suitable candidates may request the award of such an internship opportunity by completing this application form, which is directed to the Dean's Office.


Internships are not dependent on an exchange of funds but interns must, needless to say, bear the cost of their living expenditure. The award of any internship opportunity pre-supposes on-campus residency.

Intern accommodation costs are substantially subsidized by the Institute.


Elisabeth FitzHugh Library Collection

The Institute is home to a comprehensive conservation textbook and reference library, which supports the study programme.

Today, the formerly privately held Elisabeth FitzHugh conservation volume collection forms the core of the library collection at the Institute, also lending its name to the research collection overall.

Students of the conservation training programme enjoy access to the collection's more than 3 000 books and scholarly articles.

Distance/On-line Programme

Only a single, distance study course, “Bridging to Chemistry for Conservation”, is currently in place. This distance programme is intended to serve candidates transitioning from the Humanities, or others who may lack an adequate grounding in Chemistry. The 4-month course provides the candidate with ideal preparation for enrolment in the postgraduate programme.


Enrolment for “Bridging to Chemistry for Conservation” is currently open, and the student may nominate a starting date suiting their convenience.

View 'Bridging to Chemistry for Conservation' distance/on-line programme outline.

Enquire about enrolling ('Bridging to Chemistry for Conservation').