The Graduate School in Heritage Intelligence offers new professional training in and through high level research using a unique and original approach at this level. Positioned primarily at the crossroads where humanities and social sciences meet digital sciences, it prepares graduates for Master’s and Doctorate degrees by integrating initial and continuous training.

The school offers two different degrees (History, Civilisation, Heritage and Digital Humanities) and six Master’s degrees focused on growing socio-economic sectors. Teaching relies on cross-cutting, interdisciplinary and international scientific dynamics including, for example, the Intelligence des Patrimoines (Heritage Intelligence) Ambition-Research-Development programme on cultural and natural heritage (34 laboratories and over 360 researchers across the region) and the Pôle Alimentation (almost 100 researchers from Tours).

This new training is run by the Centre for higher studies of the Renaissance (CESR), which is unique in France in that it is both a Training and Research Unit (UFR) and an internationally recognised Joint Research Unit (UMR 7323) under the triple supervision of the University of Tours, the French National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) and the Ministry of Culture (MIC). It also directly involves two other laboratories in archaeology (UMR CITERES-LAT) and digitisation (EA LIFAT) as well as several UFR of the University of Tours. Furthermore it can rely on a great many internal and external, educational and professional, public and private partnerships in France as well as abroad. Aimed at a diverse audience, mainly from humanities and social sciences and/or digitisation backgrounds, it offers the opportunity to acquire new scientific methodologies and the most advanced fundamental and technical knowledge, as well as project design for future vocations.

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A course spirit: a core curriculum at the school and for each training programme, tutoring for doctoral students, an alumni association; graduation at the end of the course.

Adapted continuous training: coherent modules from 60 hours to 100 hours for excellent lifelong training and direct contact with the reality of the vocations concerned.

High level interdisciplinary scientific training: teaching that integrates the latest knowledge gained through fundamental research and at the crossroads where humanities and social sciences meet digital sciences, practical workshops in association with other scientific sectors (life sciences, earth science, material sciences, geosciences etc.).

Professional training that is effective and diverse in both public and private sectors in line with socio-economic expectations.

A school with a national and international reputation: numerous educational and scientific partnerships as well as many stakeholders in France and abroad; a number of courses taught in English, primarily on the Digital Humanities degree programme; joint national and international curricula and a national and international Post-Masters level for personalised and “à la carte” training.

Cutting edge educational innovations: eight specialised and frequently interchangeable modules per course (within the same degree programme or between degrees), training in project mode, personalised follow-up for students, integration of all training modes (initial, continuous, intensive internships, e-learning integrated from 2019 and, eventually, apprenticeship etc.).

Thus supervised and integrated on a course, students will be able to define new programmes and consider professionalising combinations that take account of the demands and new challenges of the target sectors (cultural, heritage, tourist and food industries) after consultation with their referent teacher and in line with their initial training and career objectives. These can include: personalised training, joint curricula, joint master’s degrees, post-master’s, continuous training programmes and integrated international courses.

Target audience

The school is accessible to all students at Bachelor’s and Master’s degree level, particularly humanities, social sciences and/or digital sciences graduates. Grouping together several training courses and cutting edge laboratories that have demonstrated their capacity for educational, scientific and professional innovation, it is paving the way towards future vocations in key heritage, culture, food and agricultural sectors as well as archaeology, tourism and digitisation etc.

Career opportunities

> Public and private sector careers as an executive, project manager, adviser, research engineer, researcher/teacher-researcher, entrepreneur or business founder, heritage curator or mediator and careers in audiovisual media and communications, etc.

> Training is centred on the digital sector, which offers numerous job opportunities in all these fields for graduates with a master’s or doctorate degree.

> Similarly, the spirit of entrepreneurship is promoted thanks to specific modules available to students as well as through a dedicated university start-up incubator/accelerator that has close ties with the school.