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Info 2023/2024

Duration 2 years
CFU 120
Class LM-11
Access Free access
Locations GENOVA
Language Italian
Teaching mode Tradizionale
Head of programme PIETRO MARESCOTTI
Taxes and fees From 0 to 3,000 a year. Find out if you qualify for grants ed exemptions
Student exchange International destinations and partners
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The course in brief


The degree course aims to train researchers and experts in the field of diagnostics, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, integrating scientific and art-historical skills. Teaching covers the chemical and physical characterization of materials and their degradation processes, the study of artistic techniques and those of prevention and restoration, and knowledge - theoretical and practical - of the main applied analytical methodologies.

Learning by doing

Active participation in non-invasive diagnostic analysis campaigns (XRF, IR, Raman) on works, including those belonging to the Athenaeum's artistic heritage, generally on site and with state-of-the-art portable instruments, is expected. Courses include classroom exercises, laboratories and study of collections. Technical visits and internships at restoration laboratories and sites, museums, quarries, and art fairs are organized. Seminars on restoration techniques are also offered.

Professional outlets

The cultural heritage scientific expert can carry out activities in:

  • universities and public and private research institutions
  • institutions of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism responsible for the protection of cultural heritage
  • museums, libraries, archives
  • restoration laboratories
  • auction houses
  • diagnostics associated with the mobilization of works of art

What you will learn

chemistry for cultural heritage

Characterization of materials of interest and their use in conservation, consolidation, and restoration

physical methodologies for conservation

Physical techniques most useful in the study and conservation of cultural property

mineralogy, petrography for cultural heritage

origin, classification, methods of analysis, degradation of rocks and building materials; archaeoceramics

history and technique of restoration

Restoration of painting and sculpture in Italy and Europe; diagnostic imaging

Botany, zoology and microbiology for cultural heritage

Classification, occurrence, distribution of organisms, and interaction with cultural property

history of painting techniques

characters and history of the use of dyes and binders, the basis of all painting techniques

mineralogy and petrography laboratory

Methods of analysis of inorganic materials (MOLP, XRPD, SEM-EDS) and their application


nature and properties of metallic materials, investigation techniques of steels and metal alloys, microstructures

analytical techniques of organic substances

Structure identification of organic molecules using spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, NMR, MS)

Did you know that.

Students always have one or more tutors on hand
Professionalizing seminars are organized
Theses and internships are opportunities to interact with institutions and businesses outside the university
We have activated Erasmus+ internships with venues of excellence in the field
Undergraduates can borrow some portable instruments for the thesis


The undergraduate course is aimed at training experts in the field of diagnostics for the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

The teachings provide solid knowledge of the characterization of materials and their degradation processes and analytical techniques useful for a campaign of analysis for research, preventive conservation and restoration. Fundamentals of chemistry, physics, biology, mineralogy, geology, and archaeometry enable the master's degree graduate to solve technical and scientific problems in conservation and restoration interventions of artifacts, including polymaterials and in different environmental contexts. The solid art-historical, archival, and library science background enhances his or her actions as a technologist.

The Conservation Scientist possesses, at the end of his or her studies, a good knowledge of historical-artistic and/or archaeological disciplines, a sound methodological and operational mastery of scientific techniques applicable to the conservation of cultural heritage, and the skills to design complex interdisciplinary diagnostic protocols, preparing high-tech conservation interventions.

The master's degree holder possesses the prerequisites to enter higher education paths - graduate school, doctorate - and advanced scientific research in applied conservation and restoration sciences.


9009_Pietro Marescotti
Welcome to the Master's Degree Program in Methodologies for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage. We hope to provide a stimulating, multidisciplinary, up-to-date and student-friendly course. We wish to share the results of our research with a focus on new technologies and trends in the field, with the goal of training competent professionals capable of successfully entering the world of work.

Peter Marescotti

Where we are

The teachings are held at the following departments


Department of Earth Sciences of Environment and Life - DISTAV
Corso Europa 26
16132 Genova

Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry - DCCI
Via Dodecaneso 31
16146 Genova

Department of Physics - DIFI
Via Dodecaneso 33
16146 Genova

Department of Italianistics, Romanistics, Antiquities, Arts and Entertainment - DIRAAS
Via Balbi 6
16126 Genova

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