Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites

Cultural heritage is a valuable resource for sustainable development of the environment we live in.  For more than 45 years the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation has trained graduates with diverse professional backgrounds in valuing and managing cultural heritage.

The Master of Conservation of Monuments and Sites programme is well-known for the international and interdisciplinary content which is taught using a well established methodology that prepares students for a variety of exciting career and research opportunities.

As a proud host of a UNESCO chair on Preventive Conservation, the Centre and its more than 900 alumni from 71 countries collaborate in a vast network with international and local actors.

What does it cover?

Discover the variety of courses, site visits, workshops and project works we offer in our programme.

Study programme

Who is it for?

This programme attracts a vibrant mix of international young graduates from different disciplines.

Admission requirements

Career prospects

Discover the numerous possibilities upon graduation from our programme.

Your future


Six reasons to choose this programme

  • We offer an international environment in which students are taught in small groups in close contact with professors and guest lecturers.
  • You will obtain knowledge through a variety of lectures, site visits and project works.
  • Students will build close working relationships with staff, renowned experts and foreign guest lecturers each covering a broad range of expertise.
  • You will have the opportunity to study at the KU Leuven, the most innovative university in Europe. Discover the unique historical city of Leuven that includes two World Heritage Sites within the city centre.
  • You will gain vital working experience across the globe thanks to our close relations with UNESCO, ICOMOS, and other national and international organisations as well as through our vast alumni network.
  • You will widen your career opportunities in conservation practices, international and national heritage bodies or academic research.

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Integrated student work

The project work constitutes the culminating point of the first year working on an actual conservation project using and integrating the previously acquired knowledge. Each of these projects has proved to be valuable for the valorisation of existing buildings, complexes or sites.

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Master's thesis

In order to graduate, every student writes an original research paper,  showcasing the ability to research, analyse, and present material on a topic relevant to the heritage field.

Previous Master's Theses



As part of the curriculum, students will  complete a valuable internship experiencing  the professional world of heritage conservation.

Internship opportunities


Online Open Day – 9 March 2024

In March we organised an online "Open Day" for prospective students. They had the opportunity to assist to a general presentation of the program, some presentations from alumni as well as to take part in a question & answer session. Missed it or would you like to watch the presentations again ?

Underneath the link to the presentations from our previous Open Days :


LAPIS. Lemaire Alumni Platform & International Society




Alumni Platform

Currently, over 900 students covering 71 countries have graduated from our Centre.

All over the world, these alumni are making a significant difference in the conservation of cultural heritage.

The Lemaire Alumni Platform & International Society reunites graduates from the advanced master founded by Raymond M. Lemaire in 1976.

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