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Master's Programme Archaeological 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 066 691
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:

  •  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).

First Semester »

    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

Second Semester »

    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

Third Semester »

    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

Fourth Semester »

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

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Archaeological Studies requires the completion of the Bachelor's Programme Archaeological Studies at a recognized Austrian or foreign post-secondary educational institiution. It serves as a preparation to a scientific career, which involves a degree of specialisation within the whole range of the disciplines. The master’s thesis has to meet scientific criteria and is to be submitted as a manuscript ready for printing.

Apart from practice-related teaching – preparation, prospection, organisation, management and implementation of archaeological excavations and research projects; individual processing of archaeological find complexes, preparation of scientific manuscripts as well as templates for public relations – also theoretical principles and interdisciplinary, e.g. natural-scientific, methods, particularly required for the analysis of archaeological findings are to be conveyed. Modern electronic data recording and analysis methods as well as current research methods are to be used.

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

Graduates are qualified for the fields of the humanities, the social sciences and history by language skills and additional qualifications such as museological and publishing abilities, skills in the field of audiovisual and electronic media, monument conservation restoration of antiquities as well as application fields in cultural management, cultural tourism, publishing and science and research.

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
Mag. Dr. Martin Auer

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

Information for students with disabilities

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