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Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Planning and Management
Programme description

Have you always been interested in built heritage and conservation ?
Would you like to join an international and multidisciplinary program ?

Then the advanced "Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites" (MCMS) might be just the right program for you !

This international program is spread over three semesters and taught in English.

It is taught at the beautiful Arenberg Castle in the historic city of Leuven.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Master of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Continuing Education and Training (CET)
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Preservation and Safeguarding
Supplementary functions
R&D and Education
Governance and Policy-making
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

You have an initial master’s degree in a field related to built heritage or cultural resource management, such as architecture, design, (construction) engineering, archaeology, (art) history, urban planning or cultural studies. Candidates with a five-year bachelor’s degree (or exceptionally four-year) qualifying them for a professional career as an architect or engineer in their country are also eligible. Motivated candidates with a Master of Science degree in another relevant discipline may also be eligible to apply. Each application is evaluated individually based on merit, i.e. the candidate’s academic level (study results), professional experience and motivation.

Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes

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

MCMS graduates 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, i.e. architecture, history, engineering, building archaeology, geomatics, urbanism, theory and practice of conservation and restoration sciences, economy, law, tourism, etc.

They have learned to use relevant source material, to approach a problem in a scientific way and understand the approaches and possibilities of other disciplines besides their own. 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.

Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mandatory practical training description

An internship of minimal six weeks is a compulsory part of the program through which the student acquires experience in the professional world of heritage conservation on (a variety) of real-life heritage conservation practices. Internships can take place in an architectural or engineering office with a practice in conservation or in one of the various institutions, administrations, and NGOs responsible for heritage. At the end of the internship, the student is required to submit a written report which encourages him/her to reflect upon the gained experiences and skills. 9. Contribution to research at KU Leuven and abroad 

Mode of delivery of education / training
Tuition cost

You can check the tuition fee for the programme using the tuition fee calculator of the KU Leuven :



Are grants available?
Description of available grants

KU Leuven webpage with an overview of the scholarships for incoming international students :