The conservation and preservation of cultural heritage is an interdisciplinary field requiring close cooperation between conservator-restorers, archaeologists, (art) historians, collection managers and museum curators on the one hand, and Conservation scientists on the other. While the natural sciences, as well as engineering, play a crucial role in the proper selection of conservation materials, methods and strategies, scientific research in conservation is often conducted by scientists who originally come from outside the cultural heritage field.
These scientists thus lack the affinity with the cultural heritage and conservation fields necessary to fully understand and communicate the significance, but also the consequences of their work, to non-technical colleagues.
In order to promote the synergy between the cultural heritage field, and the natural sciences and engineering, the University of Bologna launched a 2nd level Degree Course in Science for the Conservation-Restoration of Cultural Heritage (SCoRe). The goal of SCORE is to develop the first generation of "true" Conservation Scientists at an international level.
The course is aimed at the education and training of Conservation scientist, that is to say a scientist with further knowledge in conservation (ethics, history, cultural values, historical technologies, past and present conservation technologies and practice, specific scientific aspects, etc.) which enables him/her to contribute to the study and conservation of cultural heritage within an interdisciplinary team.
At the end of the course graduate conservation scientists will be able to:
The obtainment of the Masters degree qualifies students to be enrolled into PhD studies of the Mathematical, Physical and Natural Science Faculty of the University of Bologna.
The syllabus has been developed internationally by taking into consideration the results achieved through the implementation of two European projects (CURRIC§ and UNICONS©) specifically aimed at the development of post-graduate curricula for conservation scientists.
Teaching methods include:
The course is full-time and is delivered on an intensive 5-day-a-week basis.
A part from the courses on Processes in conservation, that will be taught by expert conservator-restorers at the newly established restoration laboratories of the Archaeology Museum in Classe, the others are implemented at the Degree course premises located in Via Guaccimanni 42, Ravenna.
Compulsory academic activities
Compulsory academic activities
Free-choice academic activities (8 CFU)
The University of Bologna offers Unibo Action 2 study grants to deserving international students, who wish to register for Second Cycle Degree Programmes in A.Y. 2014/2015.
The grants, worth 11,000 gross, are assigned on the basis of the GRE (Revised General Test) test scores. Read the full information on the requirements and the application procedure in the call for applications, available on the website of the University of Bologna. The deadline to apply for these grants is March 31st, 2014.