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Ancient History

Degree: Master of Arts
Application required: access-restricted
Course commences: winter semester / summer semester
Standard course duration: 4 semesters
Format options: full-time only
Language requirements:

certified proficiency in Latin;
English and a second modern foreign language;
certified proficiency in ancient Greek (at 3rd semester)

Language of instruction: German
Other features: postgraduate / consecutive

Faculty of Philosophy


Course Outline

The M.A. course in Ancient History sets out to deepen and extend the knowledge of Greek and Roman antiquity acquired in the B.A. course. Intensification of the interdisciplinary aspects of Ancient History is assured by the participation of other departments in the programme: Papyrology, Prehistory and Protohistory, Classical Archaeology, Byzantine Archaeology and Art History and Classical Studies. Another focal concern of the course is to underline the importance of various auxiliary subjects in any engagement with Greek and Roman antiquity. These include epigraphy, numismatics, papyrology and historical geography.


For more information on the structure of the course, please consult the study guide (Studienplan) appended to the examination regulations.

Subsidiary subject

The M.A. course in Ancient History can also be studied as a subsidiary (minor) subject accounting for 20 CP.


Formal requirements


Access to the course is restricted. The current Admission Regulations are available here.

Prospective students from Germany

Prospective students from Germany can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration building by the beginning of the lecture period. To matriculate, they are required to show a written statement of admission issued by the representative of the Master’s programme they wish to attend, confirming that the requirements set out in the Admission Regulations have been met. Please apply to the Department of Ancient History for further information on how to proceed.

International prospective students

Prospective students from other countries must apply in writing, so that their previous academic record can be verified. The deadline for international applicants is 15 June for the winter semester and 15 November for the summer semester. Applications must be addressed directly to the International Relations Office. Please use the M.A. application form here and enclose the necessary documents.

Further information

Current information on procedure

Study and examination regulations

Examination regulations M.A. (29 July 2015)
Examination regulations M.A. (14 June 2007)

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook.

Examinations board

Issues arising in connection with examinations, credit transfer and academic credential recognition are dealt with by the relevant examinations board/office. For more information, consult the academic advisor(s) indicated below.


Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are payable at the beginning of each semester.


Academic advisor

Dr. Norbert Kramer
Marstallhof 4, Office 304
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2237

office hours: Wednesdays 11 am – 1 pm



Department of Ancient History and Epigraphy
Marstallhof 4
D-69117 Heidelberg

Secretaries: Office 306
phone: +49 (0)6221-54-2233
fax: +49 (0)6221-54-2234



Student representation:
Zentrales Fachschaftsbüro
Albert-Überle Str. 3-5
D-69120 Heidelberg

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Letzte Änderung: 2018-03-08
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