Prehistory and Historical Archaeology (Bachelor)

Picture shows people gathering around an excavation site.

The bachelor’s programme in Prehistory and Historical Archaeology aims at equipping students with the necessary competences to participate in research projects in the humanities and cultural studies. Graduates are qualified to communicate research findings from the area of prehistory and historical archaeology in cultural communication, public relations, museums as well as tourism. Moreover, students acquire the basic knowledge required for further studies in a master’s programme in the area of history or cultural history. Graduates have subject-specific knowledge of archaeological finds and dating and are able to determine the cultural origin of finds. The use of material sources in teaching allows graduates to get a multi-faceted picture of history and cultural history.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 601

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


New Curriculum - starting winter semester 2019/20 

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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), the compulsory module „Methods of Natural Sciences in Prehistory and Historical Archaeology“, the groups of elective modules „Epochs of Prehistory“, and „Epochs of Protohistory and Historical Archaeology“, and the compulsory modules Excavation Techniques and Basic Qualifications. To successfully complete the programme, students have to write a bachelor’s thesis.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Prehistory and historical archaeology
  • Time periods and cultural eras
  • Theory and methodology
  • Field archaeology
  • Stratigraphy

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates are able to participate in archaeological practices, such as field surveys and excavations, and record and assess archaeological finds. Furthermore, graduates are able to prepare technical reports and presentations for public relations and know the theoretical basics of a historic academic discipline. In addition, they are also aware of its special interdisciplinary approaches, required for the analysis of archaeological finds. Students acquire the necessary knowledge enabling them to participate in research projects in the area of the humanities and cultural studies. Graduates are qualified to communicate knowledge about prehistory and historical archaeology in the following areas: cultural communication, public relations, work at museums and tourism.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 2,7 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 30 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Prehistory graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 68% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,613 gross/month.
  • graduates work e.g. in the scientific research and development (non−university) sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Diploma Programme Prehistoric and Protohistoric Archaeology".