About BTU and the Master of World Heritage

About BTU: Brandenburgische Technische Universität

The BTU component of the Dual Award program is taught in English. If you have no German language yet, there are opportunities to learn while at BTU.

Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus-Senftenburg was founded in 1991, the product of academic reorganisation after the re-unification of Germany in 1989 (https://www.b-tu.de/en/). It has a major orientation toward Engineering, within which Architecture, Urban Planning and World Heritage sit in Faculty 2. Many of its post-graduate courses are taught in English. See this 6-minute video:



BTU is located in Cottbus, a small city 125km southeast of Berlin. Cottbus has a charming old centre, with the modern university at its edge, and many old industrial sites in the surrounding landscape.

Cottbus is about an hour by train to Berlin, one of the world’s hotspots of alternative culture. The shades of the Second World War and the bifurcation of East and West Germany still inhabit Berlin. But they are grounded in its ancient history as the capital of the Kingdom of Prussia (with grand palaces and magnificent museums) and challenged by its post-1989 rebirth (with experimental arts, post-modern architecture and cutting edge museums).

The academic year at BTU is divided into two semesters. The Wintersemester is the official beginning of the academic year: 1 October to 31 March; the Sommersemester lasts from 1 April to 30 September. The teaching period is 15 weeks per semester, followed by an examination period (Prüfungszeitraum). Dual Award students will attend BTU for the Wintersemester.

About BTU’s Master of World Heritage

The MWH program developed out of BTU Architecture staff connections with the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris. The result is the 2-year Master’s course designed around the 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It is a deliberately international course, with a diverse student cohort.

Like Deakin, BTU has numerous relationships with other heritage courses and agencies throughout the world, eg, BTU runs a joint program with a new heritage conservation course at Helwan University in Cairo.

Several students describe the World Heritage program:


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