Structure and content

Structure of the programme

The programme consists of four module groups with different objectives and a total of 15 modules. 

In the first part of the programme, specialist knowledge is taught in 8 basic modules in a fixed selection of subjects, creating the conditions for in-depth study and application. 

In the second part of the programme, compulsory electives are offered in 3 in-depth modules and 3 assigned profiling modules, with each of which the students can choose between several subject orientations, in which they can acquire in-depth knowledge, in-depth assessment ability and practice-oriented application competence and develop their own research approaches.

Module group "Core"

Students are introduced to the subjects relevant to the application of digital technologies in the preservation of historical monuments:

  • Digital Cultural Heritage Technologies
  • Informatics in Monument Preservation
  • Digital Object Recording (3D imaging techniques: 3D scanning, photogrammetry/structure from motion)
  • Digital Archiving
  • Signal Analysis
  • Construction Physics in Cultural Heritage
  • Historic Structures and Materials
  • Virtual Modeling (3D data post-processing)

All core modules are compulsory modules and serve to gain an overview of the subjects involved in the course and to acquire specialist knowledge in the subjects constituting digital heritage technologies.

Module group "Advanced"

The students choose three modules with the following main focuses:

  • Digital Modelling - advanced (contents: spatial modelling and BIM, simulation of supporting structures)
  • Digital Analysis/Monitoring/Structural Damage Analysis - advanced (contents: monitoring with digital recording systems, structural analysis and combination of digital recording systems, digital technologies in restoration sciences, building physics evaluation and refurbishment)
  • Information & Network Technologies - consolidation (contents: networking of digital technologies at cultural monuments, participation technologies/web technologies)
  • Knowledge Transfer and Public Engagement - consolidation

At the same time, the associated technical orientation is also determined in the practice- and research-oriented profiling modules. The in-depth modules serve to impart specialist knowledge and to prepare the content of the profiling offers.

Module group "Specialist"

The students select the three modules that fit to the completed consolidation courses: from one offer:

  • Digital Modelling - specialist
  • Digital Analysis/Monitoring/Structural Damage Analysis - specialist
  • Information & Network Technologies - specialist
  • Knowledge Transfer and Public Engagement - specialist

In the specialistmodules, the digital technologies will be applied to practical examples from current research. The aim is to acquire the ability to evaluate, to apply and to network.

Module group "Master thesis"

Within the programm of Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation, a written master's thesis must be completed. This is usually done in the fourth semester and counts for 30 ECTS. The supervision of the Master's thesis will be done by any regular professor of the programme and authorised examiners of the Master's programme in Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation.

Your supervisors will be either from Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation , Preservation Science; Computer Science , all University of Bamberg; or by the colleagues at the Faculty of Design/Civil Engineering, Coburg University of Applied Sciences.

Your thesis topic should be programme-oriented and include object-oriented application ( i.e. oriented on practical questions related to historic building or artefacts) of technologies and methods you have learned during the Master's programme Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation. The Master's thesis demonstrates the implementation of your newly acquired professional skills. The thesis deepens one of the topics taught in the Digital Technologies in Heritage Conservation Master's programme and includes a technological or informatics component or the use of technologies or digital methods.

Successful Master Theses

AuthorSupervisorSubject Year of submission
Josef Valentin AmmerProf. Dr. Alexandra Troi„Prevention of damage as a result of driving rain penetration on retrofitted exposed „Fachwerk“ – a case study with simulations“2019
Alexander HärtelProf. Dr. Matthias Jagfeld„The steel truss bridge km 45,42 at Pegnitztal – Bestandserfassung und Tragwerksanalyse2019
Lukas Darius RichterProf. Dr. Alexandra Troi„Documentation and optimisation of approaches to retrofit historical windows and compilation of a thermal bridge catalogue“2019