Classical Archaeology
Course Duration/ ECTS 4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degree Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Department Classical Studies
Mode Full time
Study ID D 066 885
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the Master's course in Classical
Archaeology, students must hold a Bachelor's degree in a
related field from another accredited inland or international
institution of higher education.

What will I learn?

As a discipline that combines history and cultural anthropology, Classical and Early Aegean Archaeology looks at the material remains of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world and contiguous sub-regions. It studies and interprets material remains (including all types of monuments such as architecture, sculpture, painting, pottery, mosaics, as well as artefacts of everyday life in Antiquity) from the Aegean early period to Classical Antiquity, up to Late Antiquity and beyond to the Middle Ages. The MA course in Classical Archaeology prepares students for a future career as archaeologists and aims at qualitatively high standards of academic education and practical work.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Academic research and teaching at universities or non-university research centres; Digital Humanities projects; adult education and advanced education in the field of culture studies; museum work; preservation of monuments, e.g. excavations and measuring, documenting and recording archaeological finds, as well as the scientific assessment of archaeological finds; PR in the field of education, exhibitions, courses, excursions, tours and lectures; science journalism in the field of classical archaeology as well as cultures having a part in the reception of antiquity; culture management in the leisure industry and tourism (archaeological parks, theme parks, etc.)

Why Salzburg?

Classical Archaeology studies art and ground monuments, architecture, and the settlement history of Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The MA course at the University of Salzburg focuses on Greek, Roman and provincial Roman Archaeology, but also on Early Aegean Archaeology, which is closely related to Mycenology in Ancient History and Linear-B research in Indo-European studies. It draws on scientific and archaeometrical methods to solve problems of chronology and material. These methods are informed by a close cooperation with forensic medicine and examinations of ancient DNA at the University of Salzburg. Students will also find possibilities for practicing their skills, e.g. at excavations on Aegina island (Greece) and in Salzburg state (Neumarkt-Pfongau), and with exercises in recording and documenting archaeological finds. Regular excursions to sites and museums serve to expand the theoretical foundations.

How is the course structured?

Classical Archaeology MA

Interdisciplinary research orientation12 ECTS
Compulsory optional module Culture and Literary Studies12 ECTS
Specialization module Greek Archaeology and Aegean Early Period 12 ECTS
Specialization module Roman Archaeology and Archaeology
of the Middle Ages
Applied Archaeology – Material and Genre6 ECTS
Excavations12 ECTS
Optional module12 ECTS
Optional subjects12 ECTS
MA thesis24 ECTS
MA examination6 ECTS
Total120 ECTS


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