M.A. International Master of Art History and Museology

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR213 Year (EEA)
  • French, German (Find a course)
University of Heidelberg | Heidelberg, Germany
The International Master of Art History and Museology (IMKM) is worldwide the first integrated international Master programme in the department of Art History and is approved by the Franco-German University. Regular period of study will be completed one half each in Paris and Heidelberg.

Description of International Master of Art History and Museology


The Institute for European Art History of the University of Heidelberg and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, the most prestigious institution of higher education for Art History in France, offer a binational, integrated International Master of Art History and Museology (IMKM): The four-semester-Master-programme combines the complementary competences of both internationally distinguished institutions:

The first two semesters will be spent in Paris, where the focus of study lies on the Museology Programme (history of collecting, handling of conservation, restoration, intermediation and administration of cultural heritage etc.), which the Ecole du Louvre has been offering very successfully for many years. In situ, at the Louvre and other museums in Paris, students have the possibility to study, analyze and discuss works of art and their mode of presentation.

A written composition of about 50 pages on an art historical or museological issue will complete the education.

The following two semesters in Heidelberg are aimed to train the attendants in methodical basics of academic research and to deepen their analytic-critical abilities. The students will write their final theses at the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg with the aid of the outstanding University Library´s stock.

The IMKM qualifies students for a professional occupation in the field of international museums and exhibitions as well as the preservation of monuments and historic buildings. The education also permits an occupational activity in other traditional lines of work for art historians, such as in cultural administration, schools, universities, research, adult education and tourism, journalism (press, publishing, broadcasting, television, online services), art and antique trade and art consulting.

The Franco-German University supports the participants abroad with a monthly grant.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 213 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The studies start in the Winter Term at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. The exams of the 1st and 2nd semester, with a focus on Museology, are subject to conditions of the Ecole du Louvre´s examinations regulations. Those of the 3rd semester and of the final theses are subject to conditions of the Heidelberg University´s examination regulations. Between the two academic years, a (voluntary) internship and a study trip under binational direction are envisioned. In Paris, the employed language is French, in Heidelberg it is German.

After a successful participation, the Ecole du Louvre awards the students with a Diploma of Museology and a Diploma of the 2nd cycle; the University of Heidelberg bestows the grade "International Master" for Art History and Museology. Furthermore, the graduates will get a combined certificate of both cooperating partners and the Franco-German University.

English Language Requirements

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Requirements for International Master of Art History and Museology

B.A. in Art History or in study courses with basically the same subject matter, of which the subject of interest has to take up a minimum of 50% or 70 ECTS-Points.

Very good knowledge in German and French

Knowledge in three modern foreign languages

Knowledge of Latin (upon request, Latin can be replaced with a 4th modern foreign language)

International experience (Erasmus, DAAD etc.) advantageous

Work Experience for International Master of Art History and Museology

No work experience is required.

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