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Master in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage

College of Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Study System
Thesis and Courses
Total Credit Hours
33 Cr. Hrs
2-4 Years
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage


Master in Conservation Management of Cultural Heritage program is offered in collaboration with the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM). In the Arab region, there are currently only a few academic programs dealing with the conservation of cultural heritage; almost all of which deal with narrow areas of the conservation of cultural heritage.

This program looks at the cultural heritage form a comprehensive point of view, taking into consideration technical, cultural, historical and management aspects. This unique program places the UAE in the forefront of countries in the region that offer higher academic programs in the field of cultural heritage conservation. The main objective of this program is to enhance conservation practices among specialists and experts in the region which serves the development of the values of conservation in the Arab world. The program has been designed to include the importance of a multidisciplinary perspective and to provide students with a strong theoretical background, as well as practical training necessary to develop their conservation and heritage management skills. This will help students to develop analytical thinking skills, strong ethical foundations, and develop their ability to work in teams. This program is carefully structured and it takes advantage of a broad range of specialists and experts in various fields of conservation to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for safe practice.

Program Objectives:
  1. Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the theories, methods, laws and legislation of the conservation and management of cultural heritage and its development.
  2. Introduce students to the contributions of various sciences and disciplines in the field of the cultural heritage management.
  3. Provide students with the skills necessary to prepare, implement, evaluate and monitor cultural heritage management plans.
  4. Provide students with the training to analyze the problems and challenges facing the conservation of cultural heritage and to find appropriate solutions.
  5. Develop the students' decision-making skills based on analysis and scientific research that are used towards the development and management of policies and projects related to the conservation of cultural heritage.
  6. Provide students with the training to work in a team or individually in different contexts in the field of cultural heritage.
  7. Develop the students' research and learning skills in the fields of conservation and management of cultural heritage.
  8. Develop the students' abilities to interact and communicate with local communities and specialists in the fields of cultural heritage.
  9. Provide students with the training to apply the best accepted theories, methods, standards, ethics and practices in the conservation and management of cultural heritage.

The master program uses a block-teaching model in order to support people who work and are interested in enhancing their knowledge and professional capabilities. In the first year, students register 24 credit hours (8 courses). The second year is dedicated to the thesis (9 credit hours) which should be in a topic related to the track chosen by the student.

Core Courses ​ ​Specialized Courses ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
Course No. Course NameCreditsMuseums Management ​ ​Management of cultural Heritage ​ ​
Course No.Course NameCreditsCourse No.Course NameCredits
0404512Scientific Research Methods3​
0404522Museology & Ethics for Museums30404532World Heritage & Inter.Conv.Fw3
0404514Theories of Cultural Heritage Conservation3
0404516Contemporary Approaches in Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management3
0404511Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage30404521Conservation of Museum Collections30404531Conservation of Historic Sites and Buildings3
0404513Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage30404523Management of Museums30404533Management of Historic Cities and Landscapes3
0404510Thesis ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​9
​Total = 33 credit hours ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

For admission to the Master​ in Cultural Heritage Conservation Management, an applicant must meet the following requirements:
  1. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in a discipline that qualifies him/her to the track he/she wishes to study and in accordance with the study plan of the program.
  2. Applicants can be admitted from the following disciplines: Archeology - Architecture - Urban Planning - Heritage Conservation - Heritage Management - Museum / Museum Studies - History of Art - History of Architecture. 
  3. Applicants must have attained a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 (on a scale of 4.00) from accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of Education.
  4. Applicants must fulfill the minimum English language requirement. They must achieve a minimum TOEFL score of 400 or a minimum IELTS score of 4.0 (Academic Version)
  5. Conditional admission to the program may be granted to applicants from other disciplines mentioned previously in section (2) upon the approval of the program steering committee. Conditional admission applicants may also be required to meet additional specific requirements which provide students with the chance to improve their skills in order to meet the academic requirements as specified by program.
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