Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management

Head: o. Univ.-Prof. Mag. art. Dr. phil. Gabriela Krist

The joint master programme aims at graduates of conservation-restoration study programmes (MA,, Dipl.-Rest.) who intend to develop and refine their competences by gaining hands-on experience in international conservation project work, in teaching and didactics, in project and site management, and in the preservation of cultural as well as world heritage. 

To achieve this, the programme takes an innovative, transcultural, and interdisciplinary approach. 
It brings together two groups of students with different academic qualifications and creates an environment of mutual enrichment and learning. Students from both universities spend parts of the study programme together, both in Vienna and Bangkok. They explore new work fields in cultural heritage preservation and develop teaching and training skills in conservation.

The programme provides students with tools applicable to the management of cultural heritage and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Skills in communicating with stakeholders and communities are further developed and refined.

Students are also invited to participate in international projects that focus on practical conservation and collection care.
The programme is held in English and for Angewandte students it includes a compulsory study period at Silpakorn University International College in Bangkok.

Admission to the programme is open to students holding a diploma or an equivalent degree (MA, Dipl.-Rest) in conservation-restoration and is subject to the general admission requirements of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. English proficiency (minimum level B2, CEFR) is required as the study programme is taught in English. Timely registration and successful completion of the entrance examination are prerequisite for the admission.  

The admission procedure consists of two phases:

Phase 1: Written Application

Applicants submit:
  • Curriculum Vitae / CV (in English), including a list of publications if available
  • Portfolio (in English) of recent works in conservation (up to 15 work samples of practical conservation, including 1 complete documentation of a conservation project)
  • Motivation Letter (in English), in which applicants outline their professional experience in conservation-restoration, preservation and protection of cultural heritage, motivation and expectations for applying for the programme
  • Documents (either in German or English): copy of valid passport, copies of education certificates or degrees and evidence of English language proficiency

The application documents are to be sent as one PDF document to before expiry of the submission deadline on 15 January.

Phase 2: Personal Interview

Pre-selected applicants are invited to an interview held in English.

Admissions will be announced after the interview round.
Entrance Exam  


Submission deadline for written application: 15 January 2021
Interviews: January / February 2021
Please note: Binding information about the time period of the entrance exam can be given only by the Institute of Conservation.
Start of the programme: 1st March 2021