Prehistory and Ancient History

... looks into questions such as ...

  • Which scientific methods does archaeology apply to investigate the material legacies of past civilisations?
  • How are objects and monuments of past cultures analysed and classified within a cultural and historical context?
  • Which functions do object and monuments have within their respective cultures and which conclusions regarding those cultures and their societies may be drawn from them?
  • How does one research and analyse past cultures?

Degree programmes


Prehistory and Ancient History, Master 2 subject


Degree: Master of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: German

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it offers the chance of deepening the archaeological expertise and competencies acquired in the B.A. course by choosing a specialist subject focusing on prehistoric cultures. Moreover, affiliated institutions provide workplace-related training on a scientific level.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Understanding of the sites and cultural heritage of prehistoric cultures
  • Autonomous compilation and reflection of current scientific position
  • Problems of prehistoric eras and the material tradition thereof
  • Factors affecting development, functional, social and heritage-related contexts, plus informative intentions inherent to the artefacts
  • Categories, media, functions, techniques, contexts, forms and styles
  • Understanding of historical and heritage-related contexts using the example of ancient cultures
  • Careers in archaeology (heritage protection)

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,

... have:
basic historical and geographical know-how, good powers of observation, an interest in cultural and historical correlations and issues, willingness to autonomously explore new cultural heritage groups and read numerous technical texts, the ability of communicating relevant contents orally and in writing, idealism coupled with high frustration tolerance
... enjoy:
critical discourse regarding the material legacies of past civilisations in seminars and in the field, communicating and transferring knowledge, developing individual ideas
... struggle through:
a plethora of archaeological finds from various excavation sites and various eras and cultures, comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Spanish) literature, preparing written papers and oral presentations

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • archaeological, historical and several cultural science studies
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in heritage protection
  • at universities and in academia in general
  • in adult education and tourism
  • in arts administration

And else?

An internship ...

is recommended. It is done from the 1st semester.
Duration: min. 4 weeks

Studying abroad ...

is recommended. It is done in the 2nd-3rd semester.
Duration: 1-2 semesters

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ebel-Zepezauer
Building, Room: Am Bergbaumuseum 31, Raum 0.3.1b
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-22545
Website academic advisory office

Contact students

Fachschaft Archäologie
Building, Room: Am Bergbaumuseum 31, Raum 1.1.1b
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23382
Website Fachschaft


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