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Presentation and objectives

Heritage is our legacy from the past, our cultural capital, and our legacy for future generations. It is our social and natural footprint, which characterizes our lives, our cities and our nations. Culture, in its diverse forms of expression, will play a fundamental role as a factor of development and as an instrument for creating employment.

The UNESCO Convention on World Heritage of 1972, together with other more recent Declarations on Intangible Heritage (2003) and on Cultural Diversity (2005) represent the most significant milestones in the policies of conservation and promotion of Cultural Heritage. Based on the strategies defined by UNESCO and from a perspective based on sustainable local development, it is necessary to define management plans for cultural activities and heritage sites.

At the end of the Master the participants will know the theoretical and applied bases of heritage management and will be able to design heritage management plans in their different aspects (historical heritage, crafts, museums, intangible heritage, musical heritage, cultural activities, etc.). ) that contribute to economic and social development and the creation of employment.

Organizing and collaborating institutions

The Master is jointly organized by the University of Barcelona, ​​the University of Turin and the Turin School of Development of the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization, CIF / ILO). The collaboration of UNESCO in the implementation of the Master is an important added value for the participants. Different cultural companies and heritage institutions from different countries collaborate in the Master and more specifically from the city of Barcelona, ​​a creative city from the cultural and tourist point of view.

Profile of the Participants

The program is aimed at:

  • Officials and professionals from the public and private sector, United Nations agencies, foundations and NGOs.
  • University graduates.
  • Professionals involved in designing and managing cultural and heritage projects.
  • People who work or are interested in World Heritage projects and research projects related to it.

The indispensable requirement for admission is to have a university degree of a minimum of three years, equivalent to a bachelor's degree or degree.


The program provides solid foundations for the design of patrimonial and cultural intervention programs. The theoretical, social, institutional, legal and technical aspects that affect the preparation of these programs will be presented in detail. The Master has an impact on the possibility of carrying out plans from governmental institutions (local, regional, national or international), as well as social initiative entities and private companies. The program emphasizes management strategies for the preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites, through the preparation of management plans and projects. The program is also useful for the realization of heritage projects based on development, both tangible and intangible heritage.

The master has two main characteristics that make it especially relevant for professionals interested in the development of cultural heritage. First, the curriculum is based on a multidisciplinary approach to culture and heritage, including both theoretical and practical aspects of cultural economy, cultural heritage management, local development, cultural values ​​and the design process. of projects. Secondly, the students will learn in an applied way the process of preparing their own project, with possibilities of implementation at the end of the course.


The Master has the presence of more than thirty expert professors from universities in different countries that give the course a broad international perspective. Among them are: David Throsby (Mcquaire University, Sydney), Xavier Greffe (University of Paris I-Sorbonne), George Yudice (Miami University). Xavier Roigé and Lluís Bonet (professors of the University of Barcelona) and Peter Tomlinson (CIF / ILO) are the scientific directors of the Master.

Together with the university professors, UNESCO and ILO officials participate in the program, completing the Master's faculty. They also teach professional master classes from institutions and cultural companies.


The program is structured in three phases:

  • First phase: distance learning period (October - December). Through the on-line platform, students initiate a training program consisting of readings and exercises in preparation for the different modules.
  • Second phase: intensive face-to-face period (January - April). During their stay in Barcelona, ​​students take courses with a weekly workload of 28 hours (from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm). The approach is especially oriented to Ibero-American reality. In addition to practical classes and workshops, the face-to-face program consists of visits to patrimonial entities of Barcelona and Catalonia.
  • Third phase: (April - September) preparation of the final project. The students prepare, at a distance, under the supervision of a tutor, a cultural project initiated during the face-to-face stage. The training concludes with the presentation of the project that will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee of the Master. September 14 is the deadline for submission of the final version of the project. The projects will be evaluated during the period 15-30 September


  1. In order to pass the course, students must complete:
  2. Exercises in the online phase and face-to-face examination on arrival in Barcelona.
  3. Assistance, applied exercises, preparation of the first phases of the final project and exams by blocks in the face-to-face phase.
  4. Preparation and presentation of a final project applied

Credits and degree The master's degree is 60 ECTS credits (European equivalence system, 600 hours). Students will receive a double Master's degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master's degree from the University of Turin.

Languages ​​The language of the course is the SPANISH. Some classes of invited teachers will be developed in English. Students can submit their written work in any of the following languages: Spanish, Catalan, French, English, Italian or Portuguese. Registration fees The registration fee for the 2015-16 edition of the Master is 8,000 Euros.

Accommodation Travel and accommodation expenses in Barcelona are the responsibility of the students. The City of Barcelona offers different accommodation options for students: residences, shared flats and family accommodation.

Registration Interested persons must complete their pre-registration through an online pre-registration form and must also send a motivation letter, a curriculum vitae, a copy of the university diploma, a copy of the study plans, a copy of the passport.

Registration deadline: first call June 30; second call 10 August 2016

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