The master’s degree brings together the five fields of study of the bachelor’s degree. Superordinate aspects of restoration and conservation are linked and deepened here in an interdisciplinary manner. The course contains both practice-oriented and research-oriented components and enables individual career paths through the choice of specializations.

The specialty of the master’s course at the TH Köln is the independent development and implementation of a master’s project together with an external cooperation partner and under intensive and individual supervision of the lecturers at the institute. The master's project can be chosen from different areas:

  • application-oriented research in restoration and conservation science,
  • Development and application of restoration and conservation methods / preventive conservation,
  • Interdisciplinary, professionally relevant qualifications in restoration and conservation.

The master’s degree is characterized by the three main components mentioned , the contents of which are conveyed in associated events. In addition, the students choose a topic for their master’s project within the three areas. The chosen topic must be discussed with a responsible supervisor (for more details see under "Application").

The first master's semester serves the students as an orientation and project-finding phase for their master's project. They are supported intensively and individually by their supervisors. On the other hand, the semester includes a high proportion of theoretical knowledge transfer in the form of lectures and seminars. The events are primarily dedicated to innovative topics of restoration and conservation in theory and practice.

From the 2nd master semester onwards, students start the project implementation phase . For the project work, internships lasting several weeks are planned during the 2nd and 3rd semesters, in which the students can work and research effectively and concentrated on their objects with complex tasks in the workshops of the institute or in the workshops of the cooperation partners. The theoretical courses are continued in the context of block courses and in the context of project work. This also includes teaching social and personal skills in the context of project management and communication seminars .

The 4th master's semester is devoted to completing the project and writing the master's thesis. This is accompanied in related seminars.


Most of the graduates take up self-employment in their own company or in working groups. In addition to the "classic" fields of activity in the restoration of objects and the maintenance of cultural property, other tasks for restorers with a master's degree are becoming more and more important and show the future developments that can be expected in their profession:

  • Restoration appraisal and advisory activities,
  • Research and teaching in universities (method research and development, research into the history and theory of restoration, research on art history and art technology, scientific research in the field of conservation and restoration),
  • Project management (exhibition management and collection management, public relations and cultural management),
  • Preventive conservation, quality assurance and risk assessment.


120 ECTS

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