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Classical Archaeology (M.A.)


Classical archaeology is a historical cultural science. It studies the ancient Mediterranean region and the neighbouring areas that were part of the Roman Empire. In terms of time, the field of research ranges from early Greek history, i.e. the Minoans and Mycenaeans from the 3rd millennium BC onwards, to late antiquity around 500 AD, and sometimes beyond, when phenomena of ancient cultures can be traced into more recent times. The focus is on Greek and Roman culture, but also on their neighbours with whom they were in lively exchange, especially the Etruscans and Phoenicians, as well as the modern reception of antiquity. Sometimes scientific methods are also used.

Classical Archaeology
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Double Degree (only possible in the Monomaster) - with a stay in Palermo in Sicily.
Standard period of study:
4 semesters
winter and summer semester, Single Honours MA only winter semester
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The study programme serves to deepen the knowledge of the material and pictorial tradition of the ancient Mediterranean cultures as well as the knowledge of their contacts with their neighbours. Students acquire analytical skills in the scientific handling of archaeological findings and pictorial works, in particular visual competences and an awareness of the medial properties of historical sources.

The Göttingen Master's programme "Classical Archaeology" is characterised by an emphasis on cultural studies issues. The focus is on the methodically reflected combination of material-oriented archaeological analysis of exemplary findings and contextually emphasised historical synthesis. The students are enabled to critically receive historical explanatory models, to independently develop syntheses of complex historical and social facts and to present them in an appropriate language.

Favoured by the institute's own collections, especially the collection of plaster casts (with over 2000 objects one of the largest institutions of its kind worldwide), a traditional research focus of the Göttingen Archaeological Institute is on ancient sculpture, especially Greek and Roman portrait sculpture. Further research focuses on the archaeology of southern Italy, ancient funerary culture and the archaeological history of science. Scientific methods are also used, for example to determine the origin of ceramics.

During the regularly offered excursions, excavations and surveys, students can get to know important ancient sites and acquire practical skills. Those who would also like to gain experience abroad can not only participate in the Erasmus programme, but even acquire a double degree from the universities of Göttingen and Palermo. As part of the double degree, students spend one semester in Sicily. In this way, students improve their language skills and get to know the island of Sicily with its numerous important ancient sites and museums better, in addition to a different academic culture.

Students who are particularly interested in the professional field of museums can also study the specialisation "Museum" from the winter semester 2022/2023. Two museum internships, practical and theoretical courses on museum work as well as special forms of examination allow students to acquire the relevant skills for entering the profession.

Graduates of the Masters work in many fields: Museum, heritage conservation, youth and adult education, cultural and educational management, publishing houses, press, new media, diplomatic institutions, international organisations etc.

The degree programme also provides the prerequisite for further qualification in the field of archaeological research and teaching within the framework of a doctoral programme.

Resourceful minds are already working in a wide variety of fields!

Related and consecutive/graduate programmes


Structure of degree programme

This degree programme can be studied in 3 different profiles.

  • Single Honours MA totalling 78 credits (Mono-master) - only here option for double degree
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with one module package (minor) totalling 36 credits
  • Joint Honours MA totalling 42 credits in combination with two module packages (minor) totalling 18 credits each

You can apply for one study profile.

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4. Semester

Master’s thesis

1. - 4. Semester

4. Semester

Master’s thesis

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Previous studies

  • B.A.-degree or equivalent degree
  • At least 150 Credits at the time of application
  • Eligibility: required are
    • achievements in Ancient Studies (Ancient History, Prehistory and Early History, Classical Philology, Egyptology, Ancient Oriental Studies, Late Antiquity) or Cultural Studies (Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology) amounting to at least 60 credits, including knowledge in the field of Classical Archaeology amounting to at least 40 credits, or
    • achievements in visual science (art history) or architectural history to the extent of at least 60 credits, including achievements in the field of classical archaeology to the extent of at least 40 credits.

Language requirements

  • If your antive language is not German , you must proof sufficient knowledge of the German language: Proof of German language skills
  • For the Single Honours MA (double degree with the University of Palermo):
    • Knowledge of Italian at the level B1 of the CEFR
    • The proof must be provided within one semester after enrolment; in this case, enrolment is conditional until the applicant has provided the missing certificates.
    • If the proof is not available by the end of the 1st semester, the transfer to the Joint Honours MA totalling 42 C takes place automatically.
  • Prerequisite for admission to the Master's thesis is proof of sufficient knowledge of Latin to the extent of the "Kleines Latinum" as well as Ancient Greek (basic knowledge of at least 4 C).
  • Knowledge of the most important modern languages (English, French and, depending on the profile, Italian and Modern Greek) is recommended.


Study and examination advice Faculty of Humanities

Tina Seufer and Eva Wolff

Humboldtallee 17
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 21888 (Seufer)
Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26713 (Wolff)



Academic Advising

Prof. Dr. Rebecca Klug

Classical Archaeology

Nikolausberger Weg 15
37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 551 – 39-27506


Academic Advising

Prof. Dr. Johannes Bergemann

Archaeological Institute and collection of plaster casts

Nikolausberger Weg 15
D-37073 Göttingen

Phone: (0551) 39-27502


Questions regarding applications

Snezana Weber M.A.

Humboldtallee 17
Room 1.110 (1st floor)
DE-37073 Göttingen

Phone: +49 (0)551 39 26717
Fax: +49 (0)551 39 4010