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International Master’s Degree in Historic Building Rehabilitation (HBR)

University of Bologna - Ravena Campus, Via Tombesi dall’Ova, 55 – 48121 Ravenna, Italy

+39 0544 937504

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Type of course
Full time; International Degree Programme taught in English; Dual degree programmes.

Language of tuition

Length of course
2 years – 120 ECTS

Date of commencement
September 2018

Class size
Approx. 40

Cost / fees
Approx. 3.780 €/year

Student grants / Financial assistance
University students may obtain economic support during their studies from the Emilia Romagna Region, the University of Bologna and other external bodies.

Not available

Exchange partner schools
Tongji University – Shanghai (China)

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / Overseas students 60/40
2. Ratio of Men / Women 50/50
3. Age range 21-24

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
The purpose of HBR Master is to train highly specialized professionals, with skills suitable for performing and directing the planning, for doing coordination and control activities within the historic buildings rehabilitation processes. The most important job opportunities for HBR Master graduates are: technical Officer of Public Enterprises and Entities; technician of construction companies specialized in consolidation and rehabilitation of historic buildings; technician of private enterprises in the field of diagnostics and surveys. Completion of the HBR Master’s degree can also lead to entering PhD. level studies.

Admission requirements
Call for applications for the Master's Degree Programme starting in September 2018:

Admission to the International Master Degree Programme in Engineering of Building Processes and System, curriculum Historic Buildings Rehabilitation requires a 1st cycle Italian degree or equivalent bachelor achieved at legally recognised Institutions in Italy or abroad. It also requires a background in the subjects of Historic Buildings Rehabilitation and in particular:

  • Construction Engineering;
  • Conservation of Historic Buildings;
  • Architecture and Urban Planning;
  • Structural Mechanics.
Knowledge of the English language (level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference) is also required.

For Non-EU citizens, an annual quota of places is set each year by the University of Bologna. For the Master Degree Programme in Engineering of Building Processes and System, curriculum Historic Buildings Rehabilitation, in the academic year 2018/2019, a maximum of 40 Non-EU students will be accepted.

Please note: no entrance exam and Italian proficiency test is required for the Master Degree Programme in Engineering of Building Processes and System, curriculum Historic Buildings Rehabilitation.

Programme Director
Prof. Ernesto Antonini

Contact details for application
Dr. Irene Bonacini
Telephone: +39 0544 937504
E-mail address: irene.bonacini2(at)

University of Bologna

International Master’s Degree Program in Historic Building Rehabilitation (HBR)

The need to improve existing buildings for new purposes, and the importance of architectural heritage conservation, are becoming issues of great importance around the world, in the field of rehabilitation of historic buildings. The growing cultural value attributed to the existing building and the economic and environmental benefits associated with its conservation are two crucial topics on this field. Moreover, high-profile skills are required, in order to meet its specific characteristics and constraints.

The HBR (Historic Building Rehabilitation) Programme is an international curriculum of the Masters in Engineering of Building Processes and Systems. It is designed to meet the needs of new professionals, focusing on the critical analysis of the historical heritage, the diagnosis of conservation conditions, the definition of procedures and techniques for consolidation and rehabilitation, by applying new methods and solutions, compatible with the protection of the heritage characters.

The programme is a two-years Master, the courses provided in the first year, are mainly oriented to address basic knowledge on conservation theory of historic buildings, materials and technologies, mechanics of historic masonry and wood structures. In the second year, both compulsory and elective courses are provided on specialized topics, such as Structural Diagnostics, Seismic Assessment and Rehabilitation; Geotechnical Engineering for the Preservation of Historic Buildings; Mineralogical and Petrographic Characterization of Natural and Artificial Stone Materials.

HBR Master Students have the opportunity to obtain a double degree with Tongji University, Shanghai, China (MSc in Architecture and Civil Engineering).

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