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... 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


Archaeology, Bachelor 1 subject


Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Start: Winter- and summer semester
Duration: 6 semesters
Classroom language: German

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

it does more than just teaching archaeological competencies and methods: the university’s in-house art collection (Kunstsammlung), in collaboration with local affiliated institutions, integrate hands-on and application-oriented aspects of archaeology and cultural heritage management into the degree programme.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • Historical and cultural background knowledge regarding past civilisation
  • Understanding of cultural heritage
  • Methodology
  • Problems pertaining to scientific research of historical eras
  • Categories, media, functions, techniques, contexts, forms and styles
  • Factors affecting development, functional, social and heritage-related contexts, plus informative intentions inherent to the artefacts
  • Professional practice

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • 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


  • critical discourse regarding the material legacies of past civilisations in seminars and in the field
  • communicating and transferring knowledge
  • developing new ideas

Struggle through:

  • a plethora of archaeological finds from various excavation sites and various eras and cultures
  • comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Italian and Turkish) literature
  • preparing written papers and oral presentations
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in the field of heritage protection
  • in media companies and the publishing industry
  • 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 3rd-4th 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