Professional Development Diploma in Horology

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Duration: 1 academic year (36 weeks) full time

The Professional Development Diploma in Horology offers you a course of study some of which will be negotiated with your tutor and centres on building upon previous skills and experience across either a specific project, set of advanced skills or a research project.

It can be based upon working with historic objects or a new making project.

You can expect

  • To develop excellent practical skills through object-based treatments
  • Theoretical, scientific and analytical study of artefacts and materials
  • To perform historical research and interpretation of the objects you work on
  • To work on artefacts from public and private collections
  • To apply Icon's Professional Standards in Conservation

Learning environment

  • Workshop access 8.30am-9pm, seven days a week*
  • High tutor: student ratio
  • Interdisciplinary environment
  • Lectures including visiting lecturers from public and private institutions, and workshops

    * Coronavirus update: workshops may need to close outside teaching hours for thorough cleaning. 

Read more about studying horology, clocks and related objects


You will work in our specialist clocks workshop equipped with a professional standard range of hand and machine tools for the production and treatment of clocks. Facilities include:

  • Individual work benches for each student
  • Access to the full range of metalworking and woodworking facilities in the adjacent departments
  • Digital photography facilities for the production of photographic records and documentation
  • Area for cleaning and testing completed work

The on-site Art and Conservation Library puts thousands of specialist books and journals within your reach and you can access specialist databases in the IT suite.

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Entry requirments

Entry to the Professional Development Diploma in Horology is through the FdA or an equivalent level of subject specific training or experience at least equal to the FdA or to a comparable second year of undergraduate study, along with an interest in horology and good manual dexterity and observational skills. This horology course is accessible to students from both humanities and science backgrounds.

International students will require English language CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level B2 or IELTS 6.5 or above. Applicants are interviewed and required to undertake practical and observational tests.

Fees and funding

Course fees are the same for UK and international students

£4,230 per term (£12,690 per year)

Additional costs

Lunch, accommodation and other living expenses are additional. Find out more

A £250 course fee and £200 accommodation deposit (if residential) is required to secure your place. Details will be provided to you in your offer. Fees are billed termly in advance. Please see the Terms and Conditions for further information.

Student scholarships and bursaries

Scholarship and bursary awards are available for students who have accepted an offer to study at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Applicants for a scholarship award should show outstanding potential and a commitment to their studies and future career in their chosen subject. Applicants for a bursary award are required to demonstrate financial need.

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How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the Professional Development Diploma in Horology or would like further information please contact our admissions team.

Email admissions@westdean.org.uk

Tel  01243 818291


Malcolm Archer

Subject leader and short course tutor

Malcolm's extensive experience in private practice, as well as the heritage sector/museums, lies behind his in-depth understanding of the profession. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of traditional craft skills, theory and contextual history. He also has an interest in new and innovative ways of applying conservation to mechanical objects.

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Applications open for 2022 entry

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