Faculty of PhilosophyPrehistory and Protohistory – Bachelor 50%

Pre- and protohistory is an archaeological discipline. The subject (re)constructs history by using material culture as a unique historical source of information about past societies, from the first appearance of man to the most recent past.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter and summer semester
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with no admission restrictions
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

Prehistory covers the Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Neolithic periods, the Copper Age (Chalcolithic or Aeneolithic period), as well as the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Sources are of an archaeological nature (archaeological monuments, artefacts), meaning that prehistory is quite different to other purely historical subjects. Due to its significant overlap with the natural sciences, research of the Paleozoic era has developed into a separate, delineated discipline. Protohistory considers the development of European culture from the late Antique period, or changes in the human population up to the beginning of the High Middle Ages. Research draws on archaeological, as well as historical sources. Pre- and protohistory are not generally defined by regional or geographical demarcations. Research generally focusses on Europe, taking the neighbouring continents of Eurasia and North Africa into consideration where relevant.

Course Structure

In the first two semesters, students receive a comprehensive introduction to the subject (proseminar and tutorial I + II).  From the second/third semester, students complete middle seminars focussing on individual topics. In the final two semesters, they must attend main seminars which offer further detailed knowledge in specific topics, and encourage students to work independently. Alongside seminars, and throughout the entire degree programme,  students attend lectures and practical courses (practice classes, surveying courses, excavation practicals), as well as excursions. Together, these constitute a significant part of the course.  

The lectures and courses completed for the module “Cross-disciplinary skills” may be taken between semesters two and four and are intended to help students develop key qualifications and interdisciplinary skills. 

Where the programme is studied with a 50% weighting, the Master’s thesis is written in the student’s first major subject.