Our study programs are currently under review. Up-to-date information will follow shortly and will be added to on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us personally.

Extraordinary Learning

In our continuing education programs, we take an interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the various issues related to the protection of cultural property. We focus on current hazards and threats to our cultural heritage (whether man-made or natural). Our aim is to equip heritage professionals and emergency services with today's technology and knowledge for tomorrow's challenges and to make them future-proof.

We offer flexible and part-time study programs that can be studied alongside work commitments to acquire specialist knowledge and skills in the field of national and international cultural property protection. In addition to providing the theoretical foundations, a high level of practical relevance is ensured.

With the amendment of the Universities Act 2021, postgraduate studies were reorganised. As a result, our continuing education programs will meet the needs of our students for even more flexibility in terms of time and finances.



Certificate Programs (CPs)

Our Certificate Programs (CPs) (24 ECTS) are made up of 4 modules. Each CP examines cultural property protection from a different perspective. Taken together, they provide a holistic view of the subject matter.
The CPs are not sequential and can be taken in any order.

Cultural Property Protection and Disaster Response*

Certificate Program (CP), 24 ECTS

You will be immersed in the international network of the European Security and Defence College. You will analyse current conflicts with experts in international law. In the CP's final simulation game, you will lead and communicate effectively in stressful situations and protect cultural property in a major international emergency. Upon completion of the CP, you will be able to support emergency response organisations in the management of major international incidents as an expert in the protection of cultural property.

Start: Winter Term 2024/2025 | Subject to Senate approval

Emergency Planning in Cultural Property Protection*

Certificate Program (CP), 24 ECTS

You will analyse threats and risks to museums, archives and libraries. You will be familiar with the correct handling of cultural objects of different materials and identify objects that require priority treatment. You will assess the stability of buildings. You will draw up emergency plans for movable cultural property and test them with local emergency services.
On completion of the CP, you will be able to take the lead in drawing up emergency plans for cultural institutions, focusing on movable cultural property, and testing them with the emergency services.

Start: Sommer Term 2025 | Subject to Senate approval

* The course language is English. The CPs can be combined into a stackable 120 ECTS master's degree.

More information on our CPs will follow shortly.
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Micro-Credential Programs (MCPs)

Our Micro-Credential Programs (MCPs) can be attended as stand-alone courses. In general, no prior knowledge is required, but some MCPs can only be attended after completion of our Certificate Programs or with appropriate prior knowledge.

More information on our MCPs will follow shortly.
If you have any questions, please contact us personally.

Continuing Education Programs

In addition to our study programs, we offer extra-curricular seminars, cultural property protection exercises, online courses and extraordinary short programs.
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Online Courses

Our online courses are available to anyone who registers on the iMooX platform and are free of charge. They can be taken at any time and from any place with an Internet connection, and can be completed at an individual pace with no access or admission restrictions. Their integrative, modular and transdisciplinary structure allows them to be integrated into existing university curricula and requires no prior knowledge.

ESDC - Cultural Property Protection Course

The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) is a network of international institutes and institutions for education and training in the field of the Common Security and Defence Policy with the aim of providing strategic training for civilian and military personnel at EU level.

Since 2022, we have been part of this network with the "Cultural Property Protection Course", offering our participants a special opportunity to raise awareness of the need to protect our cultural heritage in cooperation with international experts, the military, police, customs and international organisations.

Summer & Winter Schools

As part of our projects, we organise international and interdisciplinary module weeks at the Center for Cultural Property Protection: our Summer and Winter Schools.  

These usually one-week programmes deal with current issues in the broad field of cultural property protection and usually have a very high proportion of practical exercises in cooperation with various cultural institutions. They offer participants the opportunity to plan for emergencies, develop specific preparedness and risk management strategies for cultural property, learn the proper handling of materials, or work with emergency response organisations to protect cultural property. 

State-of-the-art research and the use of digital tools are enriched by the diverse expertise of participants from a wide range of professional backgrounds. This makes our summer and winter schools an ideal starting point for a deeper engagement with cultural heritage and its protection. 

Cultural Property Protection Exercises

We specialise in a professional approach to the protection of cultural property, focusing on the concrete, practical implementation of strategies and measures. Museums, collections, archaeological and cultural sites benefit from proven emergency and evacuation plans - before disaster strikes. Peacetime preparedness enables the protection of irreplaceable cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict or natural disasters.

At the Center for Cultural Property Protection, we organise cultural property protection exercises, from small-scale staff exercises to authentic large-scale disaster simulations, to teach practical skills. The exercises are led by experienced experts and are designed to take management and protection strategies from theory to practice. The Center acts as an interface between cultural sector professionals, civilians, (inter)national cultural property protection organisations and military task forces and first responders.

The aim of these exercises is to optimise processes, strengthen cooperation between different actors, identify and eliminate weaknesses in the protection of cultural property: participants prepare basic material for possible operations, assess hazard scenarios, deal with the legal aspects of an evacuation, apply the Tactical Command and Control Process as a standardised tool, and practice the correct inventory of evacuated objects and handling of materials.

Our cultural heritage protection exercises enable us to work on an equal footing with (international) emergency organisations and decision-makers at various levels.



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