Master's Programme Ancient Worlds

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Faculty of Language, Literatur and Culture
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 0288 Arts and humanities, inter-disciplinary programmes
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code
UC 066 586
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2022W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2022W)

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 study programmes at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 40 ECTS-Credits from the core area of History or Archaeology or Classical Philology or Ancient Oriental Philology
  • 20 ECTS-Credits from the core area Methods and Theories of Cultural Studies  

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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits : Cultures of the Ancient World
10.0 ECTS-Credits : EM "In Depth Study"
10.0 ECTS-Credits : Elective Module(s)

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits : EM "In Depth Study"
10.0 ECTS-Credits : Elective Module(s)
10.0 ECTS-Credits : Elective Module(s)

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits : EM "In Depth Study"  
20.0 ECTS-Credits : Elective Module(s)

Fourth Semester »

2.5 ECTS-Credits : Preparation of the Master's Thesis
25.0 ECTS-Credits : Master Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits : Master's Thesis Defence

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EM "In Depth Study" »

§ 7: An in-depth course of 30 ECTS-Credits must be completed:

  • A. Ancient History: EM 1 - 3
  • B. Ancient Oriental Philology: EM 4 - 6
  • C. Greek Studies: EM 7 - 9
  • D. Latin Studies: EM 10 - 12
  • E. Classical Archaeology: EM 13
  • F. Near Eastern Archaeology: EM 14 - 16

Elective Modules »

§ 8 Para 2 No 2 (EM 17 - 26): Of the 50 ECTS-Credits to be completed in the elective modules, 30 ECTS-Credits can be replaced by an Minor.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master’s Programme Ancient Worlds enables students to gain in-depth and extended knowledge in the field of ancient studies and interdisciplinary working, to deal scientifically with past cultures and their material legacy and to adopt a factual-analytical position towards historical and contemporary cultures. Moreover, it offers the opportunity for academic specialisation in the following areas: Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Philology, Greek Studies, Latin Studies, Classical Archaeology, Near Eastern Archaeology.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess specialised knowledge in ancient studies. They are able to use their competence in a scientifically correct way and to apply interdisciplinary approaches to deal with scientific questions. They have the ability to view the past and research traditions from a cultural and global historical as well as gender historical perspective.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Professional preparation for science (research as well as archaeological excavation work, work in archives, work for collections and museums), media and cultural work, work in public service, adult and professional further education.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Master’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

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

to be updated

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
Faculty of Philosophy and History
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Dean of Studies
Faculty of Language, Literatur and Culture
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

Information for students with disabilities

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