Applied sciences to cultural heritage materials and sites

University of Padua    School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage

Full time October MA 2 years
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Welcome to the Master's degree in Applied Sciences to Cultural Heritage Materials and Sites! This programme is designed to explore the fascinating world of cultural heritage materials and sites using cutting-edge scientific methods. Delve into the investigation of archaeological materials, from molecular analysis to site surveys, and learn how to interpret the information derived from these studies. With a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, you'll gain practical knowledge in cataloguing, conservation, management, and valorisation of archaeological and artistic heritage. The programme also offers unique opportunities for double degrees with the University of Haifa and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne. Join us and become a skilled archaeologist, archaeological scientist, or heritage consultant!

About the course

The Master’s degree in Applied sciences to cultural heritage, materials and sites acknowledges the recent scientific advances in the investigation of cultural heritage materials at different scales, from the site/landscape survey to diagnostics at the molecular and atomic levels, and the interpretation of derived information. Based on truly interdisciplinary collaborations, the programme offers the theoretical background and the necessary practical knowledge towards the application of scientific methods to archaeological and cultural heritage materials.

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Entry Requirements

Bachelor diploma (or equivalent)

A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Chemical and Physical Sciences, Engineering, Computers Sciences, Architectural and Environmental Sciences, Geological Sciences, Geography, Turism Sciences, Cultural Heritage, Archaeology, or Human Sciences, with proven skills and/or motivation in Archaeological Sciences and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Additional entry requirements: Entry title and GPA

English: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent

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Our tuition fees will not exceed 2700 euros per year. Scholarship and fee waivers are available for international students, for more information visit our website.

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Where will I study?

Where is University of Padua


Student Profile


I am a student in the final stages of this Master's programme and the Master's programme of "Archéométrie" at the Université Bordeaux Montaigne. I am a Colombian architect inspired by the understanding and conservation of the built heritage and deeply interested in its scientific comprehension. I have enjoyed the field trips to different places such as Monselice, Venice, and Portogruaro. As well, the formation of the lab has been a unique experience for me, especially thanks to my previous studies. In it, I have been able to observe different techniques of analysis and even analyze some samples myself.

I decided to study here because of the University's unique focus and academic offer. I believe that the protection and conservation of the built heritage is a necessity, and should be carried out with the utmost meticulousness. This Master provides the opportunity to study from a different perspective, and to provide answers in a unique way.

One of the most rewarding surprises was the possibility to do a double degree: this represented a unique learning experience, where the two universities provided their point of view and helped shape my education. Another surprise was that lessons cover a brought variety of studies: the master is not focused on closing up a field of study by deepening it, but to obtain new knowledge from a great variety of fields that collaborate and work together to provide a better comprehension of heritage materials and sites.

Thanks to the high amount of exchange programs at the university, there is always a big amount of international students. They are always open to meeting new people and enjoying new experiences together. Italian students are very welcoming as well, they have received me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all of them.

I enjoy walking around the city, I think it is a great way to spend time with friends. I particularly enjoy some places such as Giardini dell’Arena, Prato della Valle, and the botanical garden. The city offers too a great variety of experiences, such as festivals and events. However, I believe that the best memories during my time in Padova come from the possibility to travel and visit different places all around Italy.

I have relished my time here and I would love more students to live such an experience.

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