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Master's Programme Ancient History and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

As of winter semester 2022/2023 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page » 

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0222 History and Archaeology
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 066 699
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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.

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


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:

  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Ancient History or
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Archeology or
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Ancient Oriental Philology

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).

First Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Ancient History I
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Ancient History II
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Languages and Cultures
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Theory of Gender Relations
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Current Issues in Ancient History Research
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

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

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies deals with the Mediterranean region and the Middle East from the beginning of written culture up to late antiquity. The approaches used are the methods of history, philology and archaeology. Special attention is is to be given to contacts and interaction among cultural spaces and political structures as well as the resulting findings and conclusions with present relevance.

The specialisation of subject-specific knowledge required in the study programme as well as methodical and theoretical skills qualifies graduates for further scientific investigation with the individual subjects. The study programme also promotes critical awareness of the specialisations as well as networked thinking in complex contexts.

Expected Learning Outcomes

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

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master's Programme Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies serves as a basis for a relevant doctoral programme.

The specific competences and key qualifications obtained or developed during the study makes graduates employable in fields of occupation with very diverse requirements and profiles, such as in scientific disciplines, subject-specific adult and advanced education, libraries, archives, documentation, collecting, museums, media and cultural work, public relations, public service, non-governmental as well as supranational and international organisations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

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.

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 criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Mag. Dr. Sebastian Christoph Fink

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

Information for students with disabilities

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