Master's Program in World Heritage Studies

The “Master’s Program in World Heritage studies” aims at raising experts who work actively on the international stage in the field of conservation of cultural and natural heritage through wide range of researches and education related to heritage preservation.

World Heritage studies cover an extremely broad range of areas from cultural and natural heritage to cultural landscape which lies on its boundary. You will focus on any of those areas as you learn World Heritage studies and advance your own research. It is of no matter for those who already have their own goals, but it may be difficult for those who do not.
The “Master’s Program in World Heritage studies” of Tsukuba University, therefore, offers three areas of specialty to support students to be able to learn World Heritage studies effectively and to go into related works after completion of the program.

These three areas are “International Heritage studies” for those who want to work for World Heritage conservation in the international society or to contribute to Japan’s international cooperation, “Theory and Conservation” which is designed to seek methodologies to evaluate the value of heritage based on philosophy, aesthetics, art history, and history of architecture, or for those who want to acquire basic knowledge to become conservation experts, and “Management and Planning of Heritage” where students can learn landscape planning, development and tourism planning, and heritage improvement with the purpose of preserving World Heritage and disseminating its value in view of wider range of social context.

You can also design your own World Heritage studies by selecting courses of your interest regardless of these areas.
In order to meet various expectations of students, we have front-line faculty members in each area from cultural and natural heritage, preservation philosophy and aesthetics, art history, history of architecture, preservation science, construction planning, landscape studies, to development and tourism planning.

You will earn Master’s Degree of the World Heritage Studies or Master’s Degree of the Philosophy after completion of the program.
  International Heritage Studies
There is an increasing need for Japan’s international cooperation in the field of conservation and management of cultural and natural heritage. This course is suitable for those who wish to work in international organizations involved in heritage conservation or contribute to international cooperation in the future, those who already have experience in the relevant area and hope to earn an academic degree, or foreign students who want to learn World Heritage Studies in English. Courses are designed to study, based on practical examples, on international organizations, frameworks and systems for the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. At the same time, it is aimed at building hands-on experience of on-site project management through project practices overseas. English skills are essential in this course, but do not be afraid even if you are not confident in stating your own opinions. The important thing is to have the courage to take the first step forward.
Theory and Conservation
Course on the Theory and Conservation consists of studies of art, conservation science, architecture and philosophy, and aims at a scientific approach to World Heritage sites by utilizing these fields of expertise. This course is suitable for students who wish to study art history and conservation science and hope to work in a museum in the future, students who hope to be engaged in on-site restoration projects after accomplishing a profound study in architectural history, preservation of buildings or conservation science, or those who wish to proceed in academic research from the aspect of philosophy and aesthetics. It is also suitable for students who, through studying the whole rage of these subjects, wish to deal with cultural assets in Educational Boards or research institutions as advanced specialists. In addition to the specialty of your choice, this course allows you to acquire extensive knowledge from other related subjects in the major, and train you to become work-ready professionals.
The curriculum is designed to learn the basics of Art Heritage, Conservation Science, Architectural Heritage, and Special Lecture on the Conservation Philosophy. It also offers seminars in which you can get hands-on training regarding investigation methods and restoration of remains and buildings at actual sites. Faculty instructors will provide guidance and support, so that you can take courses from other majors in accordance with your own field of study, in order to gain extensive knowledge and skills.
Management and Planning
Course on “Heritage Management and Planning” is aimed at developing a broad vision on the conservation of heritage by studying cultural tourism, cultural landscape, and maintenance of heritage. This course is suitable for students who wish to seek their career in consulting companies involved in urban planning, construction, and landscape gardening, local governments, or non-profit organizations. It allows you to acquire necessary knowledge and skills required at actual heritage sites, and train you to become work-ready professionals.
In this course, you can practically learn the reality of heritage conservation in local societies from the aspect of communities, site-interpretation, tourism, landscape, historic zones site-maintenance and development. Upon acquiring basic knowledge on Heritage Tourism, Conservation of Cultural Landscapes, Project Development and Management of Heritage sites, you will learn about management which covers wider “areas”. It is a characteristic of this course that you can advance in your research while being exposed to the voices of concerned parties on-site. The curriculum is designed to cultivate students capable of management, equipped with skills in research, analysis and planning. If you want to specialize in certain skills, you can acquire more professional expertise by combining recommended classes of other majors.