PhD Course

History, Criticism and Conservation of Cultural Heritage

Thematic area Humanities
Duration 3 years
Language Italian
PhD Programme Coordinator Federica Toniolo

The PhD Program in History, Criticism and Preservation of Cultural Heritage addresses the knowledge,
protection and development of heritage through multi-disciplinary and innovative research approaches.

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The program objectives are:

  1. To train scholars who address historical, theoretical, methodological and operational issues in the field of cultural heritage, an area that presents continuous challenges and demands innovative research approaches
  2. To generate research of high scientific quality and of an interdisciplinary profile, meeting current needs in the area of Cultural Heritage.
  3. To prepare professionals qualified in the digital reconstruction of archaeological sites and museums, and trained in archaeometric disciplines and architectural restoration; our graduates are adept in collaborating with conservators and other figures working with cultural heritage.
  4. To train researchers who can work in public and private organisations involved in the conservation, promotion and valorisation of cultural heritage (from museums to archaeological parks, municipalities, regional entities, etc.).

The research topic of the program is Cultural Heritage in the broadest sense. More specifically, the topics covered are archaeology; archaeometry; preservation and restoration of cultural heritage; art history; musicology; cinema, photography and audio-visual productions; theatre.

For the training of doctoral students, the program offers:

  1. Mandatory courses that address issues and methodologies concerning different subject areas.
  2. Seminars and series of lectures aimed at covering all the disciplines involved in the program, by department faculty and by external specialists in the field. In these seminars, scholars address theoretical and methodological issues in relation to concrete case studies; ample space is also reserved for debates on the conservation and valorisation of cultural heritage.
  3. Cross-discipline activities and soft skills.
  4. Laboratories, excavations and cataloguing activities.

Over the course of three years, doctoral students are required to regularly attend the activities planned by the doctoral faculty (lectures, seminars, laboratories, visits and study trips), according to an individual program, which also includes a period of research abroad, drawn up in consultation with the student’s tutor. At the end of each year, doctoral students must pass an examination, intended as a moment of discussion between the faculty and the individual student.

At the end of the cycle, PhDs will have acquired the necessary skills and scientific experience to gain access to the following employment opportunities:

  •  University careers through grants, junior and senior fellowships, research fellowships, research positions linked to European research funding initiatives (ERC, Marie Curie Actions, etc.), and competitions for type A and B researchers (Italian system).
  •  Employment in public institutions (museums, superintendencies, archives, libraries, photo libraries, film libraries, theatres, opera houses, municipalities, regions, etc.), in a variety of roles.
  •  Work as researchers and/or scientific consultants in private institutions working in the cultural heritage sector (museums, exhibition companies, marketing of cultural events, associations for the organisation of archaeological excavations, etc.).
  •  Publishing, scientific journalism, and promotion of cultural heritage PhDs in History, Criticism and Preservation of Cultural Heritage will also have the necessary skills to carry out professional consultancy (expert opinions, reports, research) in the field of cultural heritage.