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Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Course Description

The MCMS, 90 ECTS is a three-semester, research-based academic degree spread over two years. The first academic year consists of theoretical courses, seminars and project work. The third semester consists mainly of the Master's thesis, i.e., individual research work in the field of conservation, supported by an ad hoc study programme. The programme is developed and continuously updated in close collaboration with international organisations, including the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

The multidisciplinary teaching staff is composed of more than twenty guest professors in addition to the professorial staff at KU Leuven.

This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Want a programme with true pedigree? Try the MSc in Conservation of Monuments and Sites, run by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation. Prof. Lemaire (an author of the Charter of Venice) originally founded the centre at the behest of the International Council of Monuments and the elite College of Europe. Now chaired by Minja Yang, a former director of the UNESCO Office in New Delhi, the Centre continues its highprofile collaborations with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Europa Nostra and the
European Commission. This three semester programme is organised jointly by the Department of Architecture and the department of Civil Engineering, and is divided into two parts: the first year in classes and seminars, and the third semester in personal research anywhere in the world, culminating in your thesis. With the programme's background, it's no wonder our alumni are spread throughout the world as professionals in conservation and restoration of architectural heritage.


The master after master programme offered by the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation aims at educating young professionals in the conservation and restoration of immovable heritage (buildings, structures and sites), both into the tradition of the discipline and into the new scientific methods.

Graduates of the MCMS have acquired and developed skills that allow for the necessary interdisciplinary research, communication and collaboration between the various disciplines involved in the restoration of architectural heritage as for example : archaeology, history, urbanism, architecture, engineering, human sciences, conservation and restoration sciences, .... They have learned to use relevant source material, to approach a problem in a scientific way, to understand the approaches and possibilities of other disciplines than their own, and they have developed the necessary common terminology, methodology and skills to carry out research and to prepare jointly restoration studies, projects, and long-term programs. They have learned to reflect critically about ongoing concepts and debates on heritage preservation. Based on the above they have acquired the necessary common language and they master with a critical attitude the research methodologies and practices used in conservation of monuments and sites, as reflected in international guidelines, charters and literature. They have obtained knowledge and experience (through project works) that strengthens them to be part of interdisciplinary research and to communicate in a restoration team.

Career paths
Employment options for graduates from the RLICC are numerous and wide - spread. Alumni are currently working as independent professionals in conservation and restoration of architectural heritage all over the world. They display highly appreciated professional experience in private architecture and restoration offices as well as in leadership and policymaking positions in regional, national and international conservation institutions such as UNESCO, ICOMOS and the Council of Europe. All levels of the heritage administration, be they regional, national or international, count RLICC alumni among their ranks.

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