The M.Sc. Master's program ‘Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation’ pursues the following objectives:

Scientific qualification

  • After completing specialist modules in your studies in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation, you will be able to deal in depth with a wide range of topics (various surveying and analysis procedures, imaging processing and computer science knowledge, and all of the previous in combination) and to analyse and reflect on these topics critically. 
  • In the lectures, seminars and practical application weeks, you will have actively applied a wide variety of digital recording, monitoring, modelling, analysis, archiving and knowledge dissemination procedures in the field of heritage conservation and heritage protection, as well as in the field of construction in existing building fabric. You will be able to transfer the knowledge acquired to a wide range of application areas and problems from engineering-construction practice as well as the archive and museum sector on your own.
  • You will be able to apply digital technologies and methods of heritage conservation in practice in a minimum of three specialisations, which you have selected during your study. These are for example simulation of load-bearing structures, spatial modelling and BIM (building information modelling), digital technologies in the conservation sciences, building physics evaluation and restoration, monitoring with digital recording systems/ structural analysis and combination of digital recording systems, dissemination and networking of digital technologies at cultural monuments, web technologies.
  • In the Master's program you will have developed your scientific profile further by many possible combinations and deepened your knowledge by choosing your modules. You will be able to carry out multi-perspective analyses, as you have learned from the cross-module analyses of buildings. One example is the Jakobikirche in Sangerhausen, which was digitally recorded in module 10C/13C by Prof. Huth (3D scan, tachymetry, analysis of structural damage) and statically analysed in module 9A/12A by Prof. Jagfeld.
  • The integration of taught courses by different departments (e.g. applied computer science, conservation sciences, university of applied sciences in Coburg) enables you to work interdisciplinary. Here they also benefited from the networking and cooperation of many different departments with the ‘Centre for Heritage Conservation Studies and Technologies’ (KDWT), as well as with the Master's in Heritage Conservation. This allows you to analyse and evaluate complex interdisciplinary subject areas of heritage sciences at the interface between clients and institutions, heritage conservation and you as a service provider.
  • At the end of your studies – based on seminar papers and essays and your Master thesis -  you will be able to design a research paper on a topic from the field of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation, in which you discuss acquired knowledge along your research questions by applying and justifying appropriate research methods.

Ability to pursue a skilled occupation

  • Due to the international orientation of the programme and teaching content, the participation in international conferences, excursions and summer schools, you will be able to participate in international expert discussions, work on international projects or in international institutions and companies.
  • Regarding the currents standards in heritage conservation, you will be qualified after completing your studies (by participating in practical weeks and excursions during which current topics in the field of monument conservation are discussed and explained) to critically evaluate new technical workflows. You will be qualified to compile these workflows in a task-oriented and solution-oriented manner and to work out their full range of applications, sustainability and networking possibilities (for example, the integration of a workflow of Historic Building Information Modelling / H-BIM into the management of existing buildings).
  • By learning new digital procedures, you will be are able to independently and critically evaluate new scientific methods as well as developmental perspectives and problems of digital heritage technologies. You will be able to discuss them in an interdisciplinary manner and to develop new problem-related approaches to solutions. As a result, you will contribute to the integration of technological processes in heritage conservation and cultural asset protection.
  • You will have learnt to perform a knowledge transfer from taught subject areas to different fields of practical application in heritage. This is achieved through exchange and knowledge transfer in study and teaching. This will be achieved e.g. through visits to the Bamberg State Archives (in Module 4), the practical week at the Islamic Museum/Bumiller Collection or the Natural History Museum (Modules 3 and 8), by a visit to the cathedral office of Bamberg Cathedral (Module 10A) or by establishing contact with medium-sized companies in the region, such as the Bamberg natural stone factory Hermann Graser (Module 3).

Personal development

  • By participating in lectures, seminars and practical application weeks, you will have been taught the theoretical and practical basics of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation and will be able to make critical assessments.
  • With your own newly acquired approaches and research questions presented in your seminar papers and master's thesis, you will have sharpened your profile and are able to work out object-oriented solutions and plan your own projects.
  • Depending on the Bachelor's program you have previously completed, our module combination options will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge oriented on your requirements and adapted to different educational pathways. At the same time, our interdisciplinary orientation enables you to change your perspective and to access and appreciate other specialist areas.
  • In this M.Sc. program Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation you will benefit from our  continuously growing regional network and from cooperations in the field of study. By following the Master's program, you will be able to work independently and cooperatively, to structure and to acquire new knowledge and new methods in a self-organised and goal-oriented manner.
  • You will be able to develop plans in a team, conceive implementation steps, work on common goals and assume responsibility.
  • You will be able to discuss topics from the field of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation on a scientific level and to communicate these also in a way that is understandable to a heterogeneous (lay) audience.
  • You can assess your own abilities and have developed a professional self-image.

Social commitment

  • The focus of the program is the assessment of the as-built, its material properties and the associated ageing behaviour of historical buildings and similar aspects of heritage objects. In addition, you will know the significance of the cultural assets as knowledge store, historical sources and components of regional identities. Through your expertise you will be able to explain their significance and actively contribute to a fruitful dialogue in society.
  • You will be able to make scientifically sound decisions in the field of digital technologies in heritage conservation in a responsible and democratic public spirit and thus contribute to the protection of cultural assets.