Classical Archaeology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Classical Archaeology deals with the material legacy of the Greco-Roman cultural area from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity. The master’s programme aims at equipping students with the skills required for independent scientific work in Classical Archaeology or other cultural and historical disciplines. For this purpose, students develop the ability to critically analyse archaeological questions, use sources and deal with genres and monuments with regard to their key areas. They also acquire job-specific practical competencies (e.g. in excavations and regarding the writing of scientific text types). Due to the diverse possibilities of an individual specialisation, a specific preparation for the desired professional field is possible. Furthermore, completing the master's degree is a prerequisite for a subsequent doctoral degree.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 885

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 23.11.2020

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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 master’s programme in Classical Archaeology of the University of Vienna consists of six compulsory modules and their corresponding courses of the following five fields offered at the Department of Classical Archaeology:

  • Greek and Roman Archaeology (specialisation in Greek Archaeology)
  • Greek and Roman Archaeology (specialisation in Roman Archaeology)
  • Minoan-Mycenaean Archaeology
  • provincial Roman Archaeology
  • Late Antiquity and early Christian Archaeology

In the compulsory module "Greek and Roman Archaeology", students deepen their knowledge and skills in the core area of the subject. The compulsory module "Scientific and Professional Practice" contains courses (including an excavation) that impart skills with regard to future professional fields. The compulsory modules "Emphasis A" and "Emphasis B" serve to create an individual profile in at least two of the subject areas (including the one of the master's thesis). The compulsory module "Free Extension" contributes to this individual profile formation by choosing between additional courses in the field of Classical Archaeology and courses in other cultural studies at the University of Vienna. At the same time, it serves to expand competencies and thus career opportunities. The degree programme ends with the compulsory module "Master’s Thesis Seminar ", the master’s thesis and the subsequent master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Greek and Roman archaeology
  • Contextual analysis
  • Field archaeology and cultural heritage preservation
  • Writing scientific texts
  • Archaeological research

...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 have the core knowledge and skills to independently formulate cultural-historical research questions and thus to develop projects on archaeological source material. In the case of a specific focus, they are also able to take up managerial positions in field archaeological activities (e.g. excavations or surveys). Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields in Austria and abroad:

  • research and teaching institutions (e.g. universities, academies)
  • archaeological service enterprises
  • museums, archives and libraries
  • preservation of historical monuments (e.g. Federal Monuments Office, City and State Archaeology)
  • culture and science departments of the federal states and municipalities
  • cultural administration and management (e.g. archaeological parks)
  • adult education (e.g. course instructor at an adult education centre)
  • publishing (especially scientific publishers)
  • press, media and public relations (with a particular focus on arts, culture, science, leisure industry 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: 3.4 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 10 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Classical Archaeology 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 ...

  • 73% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,592 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "Arts and Humanities".