Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites (MSc)

KU Leuven Belgium

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About Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites at KU Leuven

Cultural heritage is a valuable resource for sustainable development of the environment we live in. The Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites is an advanced international and interdisciplinary study programme in the conservation and restoration of historic monuments and sites. A 'once-in-a-lifetime experience' for built heritage preservation students.

What is the programme all about? 

The master of Conservation of Monuments and sites offers an intensive international and interdisciplinary collaboration, run by the RLICC (Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation). The RLICC has more than 40 years of experience in training, research and consulting in the field of the preservation of constructed heritage.

Programme outline

The Master in Conservation of Monuments and Sites is a three-semester research-based academic degree. You will acquire sufficient knowledge in all basic fields of conservation and restoration and specialised knowledge in conservation and restoration subjects. You will gain the necessary common language needed for interdisciplinary communication in a restoration or heritage management project. You will obtain this knowledge through a variety of lectures, site visits and project works.

During the first and second semester you are trained in a common theoretical and methodological framework. The theoretical knowledge is put into practice during various workshops and integrated projects dealing with the different aspects of conservation. You are taught in small groups in close contact with professors, renowned experts and foreign guest lecturers each covering a broad range of expertise.

The third semester consists mainly of the master’s thesis, i.e. individual research work in the field of conservation, supported by an ad hoc study programme. This semester concentrates on research training with seminars, including a thematic week (open to first and second year’s students), supporting the writing of the master’s thesis. It is completed with a professional internship, which aims to introduce students to the world of heritage practice.


  • You study in an internationalinterdisciplinary environment and have a global perspective led by international professors and professionals systematically participating in lecture series, studio juries and workshops.
  • You will master the necessary common language, critical perspective, research methodologies and practices used in conservation of monuments and sites as reflected in international guidelines, charters and literature. This will enable you to proceed towards a research career (PhD) or high level professional career in official organisations or as self-employed specialist.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at the KU Leuven, the most innovative university in Europe. Discover the unique historical city of Leuven that includes two World Heritage Sites within the city centre.
  • You will gain vital working experience across the globe thanks to our close relations with UNESCO, ICOMOS, EUROPA NOSTRA and other national and international organisations as well as through our vast alumni network. 

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