Cultural heritage conservation science

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Master programme
A.Y. 2020/2021
LM-11 - Conservation and restoration of culturale heritage
Master programme
Open with entry requirements examination
Course location

The second cycle two-year master’s course in Science for the conservation and diagnosis of Cultural Heritage is intended for all those wishing to extend and improve the abilities acquired in previous degree courses in order to take their place in the world of research and professional practice in the field of conservation of cultural heritage.

The degree course aims to educate and train Conservation Scientists, i.e. experts in diagnosis and technology applied to cultural heritage, endowed with a strong interdisciplinary educational background. In particular, second-cycle degree course graduates will acquire in- depth theoretical, methodological and experimental knowledge of science applied to the Conservation and Diagnosis of Cultural Heritage, enabling them to identify new theoretical developments and to operate at project and decision-making level in all areas of Science applied to Cultural heritage.

The second cycle two-year master’s course in Science for the Conservation and Diagnosis of Cultural Heritage assumes a highly responsible role in the various fields of conservation of historic and cultural heritage with regard both to diagnosis before, during and after conservation-restoration interventions and protection and valorisation, in all professional environments through geological, physical, chemical-biological applications in the field of geoarcheology and archeometry in all fields of professional practice tied to the application of ICT to various types of cultural heritage.

Application and admission: Open with entry requirements examination.

English language

Students must have level B2 proficiency in English. Proficiency may be certified at the time of matriculation by submitting a certificate of level B2 language proficiency or better, or by sitting the SLAM (University Language Centre) Placement test during the first year of studies only, between September and December.

Students who do not pass the test must follow the SLAM language courses and obtain appropriate certification within the year the plan of study calls for a language exam.

The study programme provides students with the opportunity to spend a period abroad at a European university or research centre to follow courses and take exams as well as for thesis / research work and for the graduand traineeship. For these scholarships, and in general for conducting and obtaining the recognition of research activity abroad, the student will need a programme teacher as supervisor. Therefore, any field within the programme could potentially provide opportunities.

There are two types of scholarships:
Erasmus+, allowing the student to take exams abroad in addition to doing research (this programme is currently included in the call for applications for the programme in Geological Sciences).
Erasmus+ Traineeship (under Placement on the website), exclusively dedicated to internship and research activities.

The Erasmus+ call for applications for this degree programme is available in the Geology area. We highlight the Bachelor's/Master's degree programmes in Conservation at TEI, Technological Educational Institute, Athens (Greece), which has a specific agreement with this degree programme.
The Erasmus+ Traineeship call for applications is published on the website and is valid for all degree programmes. In the past few years Traineeship partner universities included: Cergy-Pontoise (France), Poitiers (France), Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and Ghent (Belgium). Scholarship agreements for internships and research can be stipulated with any other university or research centre with which the programme teachers have scientific collaborations. The activity carried out beyond exams at the foreign university will award 5 CFU credits / month.

The activity to be performed abroad must be agreed with home and foreign university teachers through the Learning Agreement (LA). This document, together with the grade certificate and/or the research report, is required for the recognition of the activity carried out abroad.

Attending courses and taking exams at a foreign university is not just a great life experience, that allows you to learn the local language. It will provide you with the opportunity to deal with a different educational system and develop a more flexible approach to learning. Conducting research or doing an internship abroad will give you the possibility to access facilities that are not available at our University (for example, large instruments), do applied research in specific fields and interact with broader research groups.

Highly recommended, not mandatory.

Courses list

Optional programme year

Compulsory activity
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
English proficiency B2 (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italian Undefined
Final exam 33 0 Italian Undefined
Training 12 0 Italian Undefined
1 - Characterizing Formation Activities - Conservation Sciences and Technologies (18 CFU)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Physic techniques applied to cultural heritage: laboratory 6 48 Italian year FIS/07
Calorimetry and thermal analysis, laboratory 6 48 Italian First semester CHIM/02
Analytical methods for the environmental degradation of cultural heritage 6 48 Italian Second semester CHIM/01
Conservation and valorization of scientific instruments 6 48 Italian Second semester FIS/07
2 - Characterizing Formation Activities - Earth and Natural Sciences (18 CFU)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Advanced analytical methods in mineralogy and petrography for cultural heritage, laboratory 6 68 Italian First semester GEO/06 GEO/07
Applied geology for the preservation of archaeological and architectonical heritages 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/05
Sedimentology and cultural heritage 6 48 Italian First semester GEO/02
Archaeobotany 6 48 Italian Second semester BIO/02
Geophysics applied to cultural heritage 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/11
Palaeontology and vertebrate palaeontology, museological aspects 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/01
3 - Characterizing Formation Activities - Interdisciplinary Formation (12 CFU)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Colorimetry and color management for cultural heritage 6 48 Italian First semester ING-INF/05
Computing technologies applied to cultural heritage 6 48 Italian First semester INF/01
Site managment and preventive archaeology 6 48 Italian First semester L-ANT/10
Integrated course of advanced biotechnologies applied to cultural heritage: laboratory 6 48 Italian Second semester AGR/11 AGR/12 AGR/16
Movie restoration 6 48 Italian Second semester INF/01
4 - Related and Complementary Formation Activities (12 CFU)
Courses or activities ECTS Total hours Language Lesson period SSD
Analysis and diagnostics of architectural cultural heritage 6 48 Italian First semester AGR/10
Topographic techniques and equipment for archaeological and architectonical survey 6 48 Italian First semester ICAR/06
Formation processes in archaeological sites 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/04
Microclimatology applied to cultural heritage 6 48 Italian Second semester GEO/12
5 - Other Formation Activities, freely selected by students among courses held by University of Milan (12 CFU)
The program of each course indicates the preliminary knowledge necessary to adequately deal with the contents of the course itself. It is the responsibility, as well as the interest, of the student to comply with these indications.
Course locations
Le lezioni e le esercitazioni/laboratori, si svolgono nelle aule del Settore Didattico di Città Studi.
Laboratory locations
Le attività didattiche di laboratorio si svolgono sia in strutture dipartimentali, attrezzate con collezioni e strumentazioni tecnico-scientifiche, sia sul terreno, usufruendo di logistica specificamente sviluppata.
Le attività nelle aule attrezzate si svolgono presso i laboratori dei seguenti Dipartimenti: Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Dipartimento di Chimica, Dipartimento di Scienze per gli Alimenti, la Nutrizione e l'Ambiente (Scienze Agrarie e Alimentari), Dipartimento di Fisica, Dipartimento di Informatica.
Head of study programme
Erasmus and international mobility tutor 
Internship tutor
Seminar and workshop tutor
Dissertation tutor
University and programme transfer tutor
Master's degree admission tutor
Credit recognition tutor
Quality Assurance Delegate
Fees, scholarships and benefits

University fees

For students enrolled on bachelor’s, master’s and single cycle degree programmes are divided into two instalments of different amounts and with different payment deadlines:

  • the first, corresponding to the minimum amount, is the same for all students 
  • the second - technically referred to as an ‘all-inclusive fee’-  that is variable.

Students can also be entitled for tuition fee reductions such as:

More info at: Fees - current academic year

Scholarships and benefits

The University also provides a range of financial benefits to students meeting special requirements (merit, financial or personal conditions, international students), including: