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Archaeological Sciences (MA)

What is the degree programme about?

Classical archaeology, Christian archaeology and prehistory and protohistory (prehistoric archaeology) are the three specialisations which students of this degree programme can choose from and there is also an opportunity to take modules from related disciplines. Over the course of two years (four semesters), you will build on and strengthen the practical and theoretical knowledge from your previous studies. A Master's degree enables you to carry out independent academic research in your subject(s) and opens up possibilities for further qualifications, such as a doctoral degree.

What type of Bachelor's degree do I need?

This degree programme is open to all German and international applicants with a Bachelor's degree in archaeology. Degrees in related subjects are also recognised, particularly those in classical archaeology, Christian archaeology, prehistory and protohistory (prehistoric archaeology), the archaeology of Roman provinces or medieval archaeology, providing at least 60 ECTS credits were obtained in these subjects.

Modules and degree programme structure

1st to 3rd semester (total of 30 ECTS credits per semester)

One module (consisting of a lecture and seminar) from the student's specialisation and one module from another area per semester as well as a practical module with tutorials, excursions, placements or language courses.

4th semester (total of 30 ECTS credits)

Master's thesis in specialisation area

FAQs

Potential challenges

Latin is only obligatory in the choice of the study focus "Classical Archaeology".

Good to know

  • Will I be able to find a job after studying archaeology?
    Like many subjects, it's not easy to just walk into a job in archaeology. However, thanks to job opportunities at museums and, in particular, in monument conservation, the prospects of finding work within the discipline are relatively high for graduates of archaeology in comparison to other subjects within the humanities and social sciences.
  • Do I have to/can I change university/go abroad?
    Due to the broad range of areas covered by our subject group and different specialisations, it is not absolutely essential to change universities to ensure an in-depth education. However, spending some time studying at another university, especially at a university abroad, is usually a very beneficial experience and allows you to broaden your knowledge. We are able to offer our students an attractive range of possibilities thanks to our many partnerships with other universities, both at home and abroad.
  • Can I start the degree programme in the summer semester?
    Yes!

Specific features

The Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Institute of Prehistory and Protohistory have extensive collections – some of the largest of their kind in Germany – which allow students to work with large amounts of original material. A very good ratio of lecturers to students enables quick and comprehensive learning. FAU is also the only university in Bavaria with a professor specialising in the palaeolithic period. Students also have the opportunity to learn how to use non-invasive prospecting methods (magnetometer prospecting) and process the results using geographic information systems.

Admission requirements
  • Applicants require a completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in archaeological sciences. Degrees in related subjects are also recognised, particularly those in classical archaeology, Christian archaeology, prehistory or prehistory and protohistory, the archaeology of Roman provinces or medieval archaeology, providing at least 60 ECTS credits were obtained in these subjects.
  • Applicants with a minimum grade of 'gut' (good – 2.5) in their previous degree qualify for admission; applicants with an average grade of 2.51 to 3.00 will be required to attend an individual admission interview.
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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

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Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Arts (MA)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Summer Term, Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: No Admissions Restrictions
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

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