Master's Programme Archaeological Studies

Curriculum (2009W)

As of winter semester 2022/2023 this programme is no longer open to new entrants.

Master of Arts

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Admission Requirements 
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Philosophy and History

Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7

0222 History and Archaeology

Study Code
UC 066 691

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies

available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  •  10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Introduction to Archaeology 
  •  50 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Epochs or selected topics of Archaeology
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: In-Depth Study Archaeology

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.


Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Archaeological Work
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Excavations: Archaeology
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 1st Specialisation
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 1st Specialisation

    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 1st Specialisation
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 1st Specialisation
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 2nd Specialisation
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 2nd Specialisation

    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 2nd Specialisation
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module – 2nd Specialisation
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Master Seminar
    7.5 ECTS-Credits: Excursion
    2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis -> continue in the fourth semester

>27.5 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis
    2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master Thesis Defense

ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte (Arbeitsbelastung)
Course Sequence

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

 Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 79.9= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 16.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 3.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 0.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Martin Auer

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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