M.A. Art History with Special Qualification in Cultural Heritage

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR770 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR770 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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University of Bern | Berne, Switzerland
Monument preservation as part of the art history education



The Master program in "Art History with Monument Preservation and Monument Management" at the Institute of Art History at the University of Bern incorporates the field of monument preservation as a part of art history. The objective here is to offer a course of study that is both theoretically essential and practice-oriented, and which can also lead to promising career opportunities in Switzerland. This program, whose form is unique, offers students the opportunity to combine the study of monument preservation in the "Monument Preservation and Monument Management" application area as a minor (30 credits) with a regular Art History major (90 credits) in the Master program. In this manner, monument preservation is not only addressed in its practical form, but also and especially within the context of its cultural and historical dimension and meaning.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline April 30, August 31, December 15, January 31
Tuition fee
  • EUR 770 per semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 770 per semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Tuition fee, semester fee and Student Union membership: CHF 805.-/per semester
Start date , February 2017
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Study content

Structural and artistic monuments are unique and irreplaceable historical objects. They are the material manifestations of craftsmanship and technical expertise from the past and are thus storehouses of information in the broadest sense of the word. They therefore hold great significance as objects that create identity on the regional, national and international level. Monument preservation is a public service function whose mission is to collect information on cultural heritage objects, assess and appraise them and ensure that they are handled and managed properly. Because activities here also include research into the history of such objects, their significance in the present and their preservation for the future, monument preservation also plays an important role in the design of the environments we live in, which means it involves a certain amount of social responsibility as well.

Program structure

The program's lectures (3 credits) and courses (5 credits) are divided into two areas for basic knowledge and practice-oriented instruction.

Basic knowledge

Lecture: Theory and History of Monument Preservation
Lecture: Monument Preservation in Switzerland
Course: Comparison of Monument Preservation Concepts and Policies in Europe

Practice-oriented instruction

Course: Methods of Monument Preservation, Monument Preservation Studies
Course: Monument Preservation Projects; Analyses and Restoration Critiques
Course: Monument Management, Tourism, Marketing, Use / Over-use

Students must also compete an internship lasting at least four weeks in a monument preservation organization/association (4 credits).


Course are taught by external experts with theoretical and practical experience in the areas of specialized monument preservation, monument preservation policy and monument preservation research at universities.

The current group of lecturers:

  • Director of Inventory Management, Cantonal Monument Management, Bern
  • Director General of the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG)
  • Director of Cantonal Monument Management, Bern
  • Director of City Monument Management, Bern
  • Director of the Section for the Protection of Nature and Cultural Heritage, Federal Office of Culture, Bern
  • Grad. Arch. ETH, Cantonal Monument Management, Bern

Other employees from the Cantonal Monument Management department in Bern.

Conception and development

Institute of Art History at the University of Bern, Department of Architecture History and Monument Preservation with specialist colleagues.

English Language Requirements


Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the mono-master program in Art History: Monument Preservation and Monument Management:

a)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major or minor in Art History (120 and 60 ECTS credits, respectively)b)Bachelor's degree from a university with a major in a different branch of study, provided additional coursework for a maximum of 60 ECTS credits is completed as one of the requirements for successfully completing the Master program.
All requirements must be met before a student can be admitted to the Master program. All additional requirements must be met in order to complete the Master program.

The Bachelor's degree may not be more than ten years old. Exceptions with justifiable reasons are possible.

Language requirements

a) three modern foreign languages or
b) Latin plus two modern foreign languages

Proof of B2 language proficiency (secondary school leaving qualification, language diploma or similar certification) must be presented before the Master program can be completed. Courses for acquiring language skills during the course of study cannot be applied to the Master program requirements.

Application and admission

Applicants with Swiss qualifications and applicants with international qualifications are subject to different admission requirements.


For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office (ZIB).

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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