Faculty of PhilosophyClassical Archaeology – Master

Classical Archaeology is the study of the material remains of ancient Greek and Roman cultures, as well as of their predecessors, the influence of these cultures on future civilisation, and of the other cultures that surrounded them. The bandwidth of material remains ranges from articles used in everyday life to structures in the settlements to artefacts and drawings. It thereby encompasses all areas in which culture is visible. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Arts
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with access restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.
May be studied as a minor subjectYes

Course Content

Students of Classical Archaeology engage with an entire range of material culture, art works, and contextual aspects of social environments, as well as with cultural-historical phenomena and questions. All of these topics reveal the particular challenge as well as the particular potential of classical archaeology: Connecting the work done with objects and findings to ambitious historical, cultural-anthropological, and visual cultural lines of inquiry. 

Graduates of this consecutive Master’s degree programme will have received an education that ranges from broad-based knowledge in the collection of material remains from ancient cultures to in-depth applied skills in the most essential archaeological methods. They will also be equipped to make flexible use of these methods and to combine them with procedures from other disciplines in the development of solution-oriented approaches to problems. The overriding objective of the degree programme is to provide graduates with the qualifications needed to obtain research-related positions in ancient history studies or museum studies or to enable them to pursue a further academic degree (doctorate). 

The core areas of the degree programme are: 

  1. The application of archaeology-specific methods and procedures as well as A broad-based education in the subject area 
  2. The theoretical, interdisciplinary investigation of questions surrounding settlement and landscape archaeology as well as the visual culture and cultural science aspects of Classical Archaeology 
  3. Training in field research methods and scientific project work 
  4. Museology and the reception of antiquity

Course Structure

The degree programme is modular and consists of a major subject (75%) and a minor subject (25%). Generally, any subject that is offered as part of a Master’s degree programme may be selected for the minor subject.  

  • The courses taken in the first three semesters serve to broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills gained during the Bachelor’s degree programme. The first three modules consist of: Theory and Research History, Archaeology as a Cultural Study, and Field Research/Practice.  
  • Following completion of these modules, students may enrol in compulsory elective modules to pursue individual areas of specialisation. Among these, museology and the reception of antiquity, as well as digital archaeology, represent particularly important facets.  
  • The fourth semester is intended for completion of the Master's thesis and for the Master’s examination.