Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage


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Program Description

This English-taught program trains you as an expert in cultural heritage conservation by applying an interdisciplinary approach that incorporates the study of chemistry, physics, biology, computer science and geology. The Conservation Science and Technology for Cultural Heritage program prepares you to use modern restoration and conservation technologies as well as design new ones, and equips you with the knowledge and experience you need to plan and execute prevention and maintenance projects and to study artefacts in a conservational context. Since the study program emphasises hands-on experience, you will get to practice what you are learning in a city that is exceptionally rich with artistic and cultural heritage.



The program's two-year study plan is designed to train you as an expert in the diagnostics and conservation of cultural heritage, so the course work provides a solid interdisciplinary scientific background that combines chemistry, physics, biology, computer science and geology. Some of the courses involved are:

  • Analytical Methods and Applications
  • Computer Science Applications in Cultural Heritage
  • Geology Applied for Cultural Heritage
  • Innovative Materials for Conservation
  • Experimental Design and Statistics
  • Research Methods for Archaeology

The program also requires that you complete a thesis and carry out a curricular internship, which ensures that you get some work experience before you graduate. It is also possible to carry out one or two semesters of the program abroad through one of the university's many international exchange programs.

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As a graduate, you will be a trained conservation scientist, a technical and scientific expert in the conservation of cultural heritage, so you'll be ready to launch a career with both public and private organisations as well as businesses and laboratories specializing in restoration and conservation. Possible career opportunities include:

  • Museum technician
  • Restorer
  • Cultural consultant
  • Restoration technology development

The program also allows you to continue your studies with a doctorate in chemistry.



To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy certain curricular requirements. You therefore must have completed 48 ECTS in various study fields, including Chemistry, Physical Science, Mathematical and IT Sciences, Earth Sciences and Biology, Ancient Civilizations and others. For more specific information, please visit the program's web page on the official university website or contact us!

You also need a certified B2-level knowledge of English.




Depending on the nationality, the fees range from 700 to 2100 Euros. To know how much your fee is, contact us!

For high-achieving international students, Ca' Foscari offers:

  • renewable tuition fee waivers
  • one-time scholarships of €5,000

The regional government also offers financial aid for international students from low-income families for which you can apply after enrolment.


Life at Ca' Foscari is both rewarding and stimulating thanks to a wide range of activities and events organized by the university as well as the students themselves. You can get involved in student clubs and sports, as well as take advantage of everything the city itself has to offer, from international cultural events to some of the world's most beautiful art and architecture. Plus, if you choose to live in Venice's historic center, you'll surely enjoy living locally and sustainably thanks to the fact that distances are manageable and there are no cars or traffic to compete with.

To get an insider's perspective, why not book an online chat with a current international student?

Also be sure to check out our international student Instagram account, @studentlifeinvenice for a window onto life at Ca' Foscari!


Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Originally established as Italy’s first business school in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is now a multidisciplinary institution offering a wide range of study programs in economics and manage ... Read More

Originally established as Italy’s first business school in 1868, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice is now a multidisciplinary institution offering a wide range of study programs in economics and management, modern languages, the humanities and the sciences. Globally, the QS World University Rankings place Ca’ Foscari among the top 100 universities for Modern Languages, the top 150 for History, the best 200 for Linguistics and Geography, and the top 250 for Economics and Econometrics as well as Accounting and Finance. Read less
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