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This is a unique program in Cyprus and the region, which aims to provide new scientific knowledge that will enrich and enhance the research and academic careers of its participant students. Furthermore, the postgraduate program will equip students with a wide range of transferable practical skills that will provide them with a significant advantage in the current and the future competitive labor market. The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers as scientists and experts in Cultural Heritage with a strong background in the use of digital tools and scientific methods. Graduates of the program will be competitive to pursue work in the private or public sectors of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, History and Art Architecture, Museum Studies or the Study, Rehabilitation and Management of the Historical Structured Environment.

Overall, digital technologies have become indispensable in the wider field of Heritage Sciences and Cultural Studies with relevant digital data being produced rapidly by both public (archaeological and cultural organizations) and private entities (museums, cultural institutions) of the wider area. The Digital Cultural Heritage MSc course will offer a unique interdisciplinary approach to critical challenges in Cultural Heritage research, conservation, management and public engagement through the effective use of digital methods and applications. Furthermore, the program places great emphasis on the methods and approaches applied to real problems in the field, in collaboration with key cultural heritage bodies on the island.


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A key priority of the program is to expose students to the wide spectrum of digital applications in a range of fields from the humanities as well as from the sciences. The uniqueness of the program draws from the interdisciplinary research culture of the Cyprus Institute (CyI). As such, the Digital Cultural Heritage MSc program aspires to engage scientists from across CyI’s research centers and groups such as CaSToRC (Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center), EEWRC (Energy, Environment and Water Resource Center), Water Research and Management, The Unmanned Systems Research Laboratory (USRL), Climate Studies) as well as to include leading world experts from collaborating institutions (NCSA (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)/University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Cornell University, C2RMF (Centre de Research et de Restauration des Musées des France), along with experts in Heritage Sciences from E-RIHS (the European Research Infrastructure for Heritage Science) and key figures in the Cultural Heritage management public administration of the region. STARC’s diverse scope of research projects provides a particularly rich context of research activities, which is expected to benefit participating students. For example, STARC is leading a Getty Foundation. Connecting Art Histories project, which provides an interdisciplinary study of historic Mediterranean cities and explores the role of heritage in the formation of civic and cultural identity. Other recent relevant projects are PERIsCOPE (Portal for hERItage buildingS integration into the COntemPorary built Environment), which aims to design and develop an innovative Building Information Modelling platform for the identification, classification, documentation and renovation of heritage buildings, or IH-AT (INVISIBLE HERITAGE - ANALYSIS and TECHNOLOGY), which aims to design and develop an innovative portal comprised of reliable and efficient technology-ready tools for the visualization, documentation, and analysis of the UNESCO listed churches in the Troodos area in Cyprus.

Students in the program may consider and pursue the continuation of their studies towards a Cyprus Institute doctoral degree, which can be well integrated with their MSc work. Combining theoretical with practical training, the Master of Science in Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) will provide a well-rounded education for students who wish to advance in the field of Cultural Heritage, defined in its broadest meaning, while engaging with advanced digital technologies and state-of-the-art research approaches.

Degree Awarded

Students who graduate form the program will be awarded an MSc degree. This is a 12 month / 90 ECTS program.  The program is accredited by The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.

The language of instruction and communication of The Cyprus Institute is English.

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Career Prospects

The program’s goal is to prepare students for careers as scientists and experts in Cultural Heritage with a strong background in the use of digital tools and scientific methods. Graduates of the program will be competitive to pursue work in the private or public sectors of Archaeology, Cultural Heritage Management, History and Art Architecture, Museum Studies or the Study, Rehabilitation and Management of the Historical Structured Environment.

Qualified students may continue on to a PhD, which offers generous financial support options.

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Program Structure and Requirements

MSc Degree
Term 1 (Fall Semester) ECTS
3 Mandatory Courses 25 
1 Elective Course 5
Term 2 (Spring Semester) ECTS
2 Mandatory Courses 15
3 Elective Courses 15
Term 3 (Summer Period) ECTS
Research Project including submission of Master's Thesis and Viva* 30
*Students can potentially begin their Master's Research Project Report as early as the fiirst term following a discussion and the approval of their Supervisor.

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Program Courses

Mandatory Courses  ECTS
DCH 401 Arts, Humanities & Culture in the Digital Age 10
DCH 402 Fundamentals of Digital Cultural Heritage 10
DCH 403 Digital Innovation and Cultural Heritage 10
DCH 404 Scientific Reading & Advanced Academic Writing (Part A & Part B) 5 + 5
Elective Courses
DCH 416 3D Documentation & Scientific Visualization and Cultural Heritage Research 5
DCH 417 The Data Life Cycle in Cultural Heritage 5
DCH 418 Modelling and Simulation of Social & Cultural Phenomena 5
DCH 419 Digital Curatorship & the Museum of the Future 5
DCH 421 Community Engagement & Heritage Education in a Digital World 5
DCH 422 Heritage Science in the Digital Age 5
DCH 423 Synchrotron Radiation (SR)- Enabled Research in Heritage Sciences & Archaeology 5
DCH 424 Environmental & Climate Perspectives on Cultural Heritage 5

The Cyprus Institute Graduate School reserves the right to make any changes to the program.

Students who continue on to a PhD at The Cyprus Institute may have certain courses, and possibly research requirements waived, resulting in a shorter PhD program.

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Academic Calendar


TERM 1 
FALL SEMESTER 

16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam
October 5- November 20 First Slot of Term1
October 28 Public Holiday I Ochi Day
November 23- November 27 Revision Week 
November 30, 2020- January 29, 2021 Second Slot of Term 1
December 24, 2020- January 6, 2021 Winter Break
February 1-5 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 1
February 5 End of Term 1

 

TERM 2 
SPRING SEMESTER

16 weeks: 14 weeks teaching, 1 week revision, 1 week exam
February 8 - March 26 First Slot of Term 2
March 15 Public Holiday I Green Monday
March 25 Public Holiday I Greek Independence Day
March 29- April 2 Revision Week 
April 1 Public Holiday
April 5- June 11 Second Slot of Term 2
April 26-  May 7 Spring Break
June 7 - 11 Evaluation - Examination Period for Term 2
June 11 End of Term 2 

 

TERM 3 
16 weeks: 14 weeks research project, 1 week perparation for viva, 1 week viva
June 14 Beginning of Term 3
June 21 Public Holiday I Whit Monday
August 9 - 13 Summer Break
September 27- October October 1 Viva Preparation Week
October 4 - 8 Viva
October 8 End of Term 3

The Academic Calendar is subject to change.
The Cyprus Institute reserves the right to make changes to the courses offered.

 


 

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