Graduate School

Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage (Third Level)

Study programme: Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage (Third Level)
Main fields of study: Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage
Course code: 8AR
Level of study: 3. stopnja doktorski
Name of the qualification: Doctoral Diploma
Qualification title: Doctor of science
Qualification abbreviation: PhD
Final examination: no
Dean: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon
Programme director: prof. dr. Saša Dobričič
ECTS coordinator: prof. dr. Iztok Arčon

Programme description

International postgraduate programme “Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage”, is the result of a joint effort with Universita IUAV di Venezia, Italy.

The Senate of the University of Nova Gorica at its 76th session held on 15 March 2017 approved the extension of the III. level study program ETCAEH from the current three years (180 ECTS) to four years (240 ECTS).

The four-year doctoral programme will start in the academic year 2017/2018.

Students who are currently enrolled in the three-year study programme will complete studies at the three-year programme.

The programme “Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage” is distinctly multidisciplinary and is subdivided into two specialisation courses:

  • The specialisation in Techniques, Materialsand Building site operation aims at training highly qualified experts in the field of conservation and restoration, with a special focus on theoretical and practical skills, such as: knowledge of structural characteristics and building materials, survey analysis, decision making for priority interventions and building site administration, adopting analytical techniques and tools in the field of restoration and conservation. Related practical activities involve concrete examples within the mentioned areas.
  • The specialisation in Management and Economics trains highly skilled experts to identify advantageous investments as well as manage available resources and to design quality policies for the safeguarding and valorisation of architectural and environmental heritage within urban centres and territorial regions. The experts will be able to: establish a critical comparison of international guidelines and laws for the conservation of cultural heritage, apply methods of economic evaluation to public cultural heritage, identify integrated strategies for the promotion, management and development of cultural heritage markets.

The doctoral course lasts 3 years (180 ECTS) and the title of doctor of sciences is granted by University of Nova Gorica. The second level master course, which is a part od doctoral study programme, lasts one year (60 ECTS) and the title “Second level Master” is granted by University of Nova Gorica and UNIVERSITY IUAV OF VENICE.

The lecturers are top international experts in their respective fields. The programme includes collaboration with international organisations, thus promoting interchange between the academic world and implementing bodies. The official language is English while the teaching languages are English and Italian.

Supervisors

Corse structure

The first year of the programme includes three educational periods:

  • The 1st period (12 credits) is obligatory for the two specializations (see below) and focuses on theoretic-methodological issues and the knowledge of architectural and environmental heritage (preparing the scientific education of the second and third period)
  • The 2nd period (28 credits) is divided into two specializations:

    • “Techniques and Materials in Conservation of the Architectural Heritage”
    • “Managerial Science and Economics of the Cultural Heritage”

  • The 3rd period (20 credits) includes thesis elaboration, tutoring and stage (if required).

The accomplishment of the Masters (MsC- MPhil), which requires attendance at least 70% of courses, and final evaluation, will assign 60 university credits (CFU-*ECTS*); the Doctoral Programme will assign 180 credits (ECTS-CFU). (3 year study programme.)

The Doctoral Programme will assign 240 credits (ECTS-CFU). (4 year study programme.)

Lecture schedule

Lectures 2016/17

Lectures 2015/16

Lectures 2014/15

Lectures 2013/14

Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the graduate program Economics and Techniques for the Conservation of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage, applicants must satisfy the following admission requirements:

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study preogramme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credit points;
  • have completed an equivalent program abroad;

If the number of applicants exceeds the 30 available slots, they are selected based on previous academic achievement.

Before enrolling in the second year, the student must have completed at least 70% of study commitments from first year.

Before enrolling in the third year, the student must have completed the following study requirements: (For 3 year study programme)

  • all courses from the first year (60ECTS),
  • obtain at least 60ECTS from second year,

Before enrolling in the third year, the student must have completed the following study requirements: (For 4 year study programme)

  • all courses from the first year (60ECTS),
  • all courses from second year (60ECTS).

The condition for enrolling in the third year is completion of 120 ECTS credit points.

  • In the third year, the student focuses exclusively on research work (30 ECTS credit points), which results in a successful defence of the doctoral dissertation (30 ECTS credit points). (For 3 year study programme).
  • In the third year, the student focuses exclusively on research work III (30 ECTS credit points). (For 4 year study programme).

The condition for enrolling in the fourth year is completion of requirements of all three years (180 ECTS credit points).

  • In the fourth year, the student focuses exclusively on research work IV (30 ECTS credit points), which results in a successful defence of the doctoral dissertation (30 ECTS credit points).

Educational and professional goals

The aim of the programme is to offer a critical, technical and scientific education, integrating university achievements. It offers a wide knowledge of operational sciences and techniques for the legislation surrounding and management of the conservation of the architectural and environmental heritage.

The First Specialisation aims to train highly qualified experts in the field of conservation and restoration, with a special focus on theoretical and practical skills, such as:

  • Knowledge of structural characteristics and building materials.
  • Survey analysis, decision making for priority interventions and building site administration.
  • Adopting analytical techniques and tools in the field of restoration and conservation
  • Interpreting conservation and restoration interventions according to proper reuse.

The Second Specialisation aims at educating highly qualified experts able to:

  • Define investment priorities and rationally manage resources for the conservation and valorisation of historic towns and landscapes, in changing socio-political climates;
  • Establish a critical comparison of international guidelines for the conservation of cultural heritage;
  • Apply methods of evaluation to public cultural heritage
  • Identify integrated strategies for the promotion, management and development of cultural heritage markets.

Both specializations aim at a knowledge of historical urban and territorial backgrounds.

Access to further studies

Students that successfully accomplish the secon level master programme may continue on the doctoral study programme in the seccond year. In this case the doctoral study programme lasts two years, for a total duration of three years. The official language is English. Lectures are in English and Italian.

Examination and assessment regulations

Programme progression requirements

In order to proceed to the second year of doctoral study, candidates must obtain at least 70% of ECTS from the first year. To enrol into the third year doctoral study programme, candidates must fulfil all first-year requirements as well as obtain 50 credit points from the second year of study. The conditions for completing doctoral study are the successful passing of all exams and all requirements for all chosen courses, and a successful defence of the doctoral thesis, for which a student receives a total of 180 ECTS.

The accomplishment of the second level master programme requires successful passing of all exams of the courses in a total amount of 40 ECTS and 20 ECTS from individual research work comprising a successful defence of the masters thesis, for which a student receives a total of 60 ECTS.

Courses

1. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Economics of cultural heritage and creativity 270 9
Fundamentals of preservation of historic urban and cultural landscape 180 6
History and theory of the conservation of the built heritage: principles and approaches 180 6
Integrated project work 180 6
Research work I 450 15
Selected topics in sustainability of heritage: preservation, planning and management 270 9
General elective courses Ure ECTS
Cultural heritage, common goods and the law 90 3
Methodologies of historic research for heritage interpretation 90 3
Realizing values of built environment: fundamentals of socio economic approach 90 3

Module course management and economics

Specialized elective courses Ure ECTS
Cultural heritage tourism: a territorial management perspective 90 3
Cultural policy design: principles and cases 90 3
Markets for culture and public policy 90 3
The economic valuation of culture: methods, management and policy 90 3

Module course materials and techniques

Specialized elective courses Ure ECTS
Advanced topics in building techniques 90 3
Selected topics in conservation and restoration practice 90 3
Selected topics in history of building techniques and materials 90 3
Selected topics in real estate valuation and investments 90 3

2. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Contemporary trends in cultural heritage protection, planning and management 420 15
Research work II 1350 45

3. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Research work 3 1800 60

4. year

Compulsory courses Ure ECTS
Dissertation 900 30
Research work IV 900 30

Curriculum for this study year is not yet available.