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Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

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The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme aimed at students with a passion for cultural heritage and the desire to combine theory and practice. It offers nine branches of specialisation within Conservation and a separate track in Technical Art History.

Conservation and restoration: From theory to practice

The Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage combines theory with practice and humanities with science. A conservator preserves and conserves cultural heritage, working closely together with scientists, (technical) art historians, archaeologists and anthropologists. The conservator represents an essential link to the object or artwork and plays a key role in multidisciplinary collaborative projects. The programme will introduce you to the theory and practice of conservation, combining specialist knowledge and skills with the interdisciplinary approach required in the broader field of cultural heritage preservation.

Specialising in conservation or technical art history

Right from the outset, you have the unique opportunity to choose one of the nine branches of specialisation offered within Conservation or the separate track of Technical Art History. Each of these areas of specialisation has its own focus and you will be trained to become an expert in your chosen field from day one. Be aware that the nine conservation specialisations and the separate technical art history track are offered in alternating years. Each year, five specialisations will be open for application.

Becoming a conservator

The Master’s in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is a two-year programme and marks the first step to becoming a fully qualified conservator. Following the Master’s, you can transition into a two-year Advanced Professional Programme in which you work in a conservation studio and complete one or more internships to achieve the international level required to work as an independent professional conservator in your field of specialisation. Find out here how to become a conservator.

Degree certificate

Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is an accredited Master’s degree programme. Upon successfully completing this programme, you will obtain the legally recognised Master’s degree in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage and the title Master of Science (MSc). This does not yet qualify you as a conservator. For this, a successful completion of the subsequent Advanced Professional Programme is necessary.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60335