Bachelor's Programme Archaeological Studies


Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0222 History and Archaeology
Mode of Study
Study Code
C 033 591
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2015W)*
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
Supplemental Examination
Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2015W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: WS 2017/2018

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).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Introduction to Prehistory and Early History and Medieval and Modern Achaeology (CM 1 lit. a/2 hrs. /2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Introduction to Classical Archaeology and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces (CM 1 lit. b/2 hrs. /2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Preservation of Ancient Monuments (CM 2 lit. d/1 h/2 ECTS-Credits),
  4. VO Theory and Practice of Field Archaeology (CM 4 lit. a/2 hrs. /2 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Period courses amounting to 21 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. Introduction to Prehistory and Early History and Medieval and Modern Archaeology
        (2 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. Introduction to Classical Archaeology and Archaeology of the Roman Provinces
        (2 h/ 2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

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 6 semesters or 180 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).

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The research area of archaeological studies covers the period from the appearance of man about four million years ago until the present time. Branches of this field of study are thus the archaeolgy of hunters (palaeolithic and mesolithic), earlier prehistory (neolithic), metal ages (bronze and iron age), near eastern archaeology, classical archaeology from minoan culture to late antiquity, provincial roman archaelogy, early history, archaelogy of the middle ages and modern age. Apart from practically oriented fields – like the preparation, prospection, organization, management and implementation of archaeological excavations and research projects, independent processing of archaeological find complexes, preparation of scientific manuscripts as well as templates for public relations – the programme also offers theoretical basics of idiographic scientific discipline as well as interdisciplinary methods, especially required for the evaluation of archaeological excavations. The requirements for the implementation of modern electronic data recording and analysis methods are offered according to the current state of research. Archaeology is primarily an “object subject”, which thus involves good visual memory.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The study programme offers practical vocational preparation in terms of research-oriented teaching and prepares for occupational activities in antiquities and monuments offices, museums and other reserach institutions. Apart from the archaeological field, the programme offers insights into the current academic activities, including occupations in cultural and science departments of different media (e.g. electronic media, newspapers, publishers, authorities). The bachelor’s programme is to promote the understanding of social, economic and cultural political processes.

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies 
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Tomedi

Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Monika Fink

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