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.

  • German ( Find a course )
| Bern, Switzerland
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

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • 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.

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

Course Content

  • Theory and History of Monument Preservation
  • Monument Preservation in Switzerland
  • Comparison of Monument Preservation Concepts and Policies in Europe
  • Methods of Monument Preservation, Monument Preservation Studies
  • Monument Preservation Projects; Analyses and Restoration Critiques
  • Monument Management, Tourism, Marketing, Use / Over-use


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


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.

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University of Bern

Bern, Switzerland

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