Ancient History MA

Ancient History MA

Master degree
24 months
Application deadlines: Winter - July 15, Summer – February 15
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: Winter – October, Summer – April
International tuition: €343.6
Domestic tuition: €343.6

Program overview

Specifically, students will gain the ability to:

- devise, on the basis of current research, their own specialized research questions,

- independently carry out all necessary steps in ancient history research, from primary source analysis in the original language to cultural interpretation,

- present, evaluate, and, from a transdisciplinary perspective, interrelate findings from scientific discussions,

- present findings in appropriate academic written form.

The Master’s degree programme normally runs for four semesters. The focus is on research-oriented and interdisciplinary lectures and courses, including advanced seminars that have been especially designed for the Master’s degree programme. The certificate of proficiency in ancient Greek (Graecum) may be earned in the module specifically designed to provide this proficiency. The fourth semester is reserved for preparation of the Master’s thesis. For detailed information on the degree programme, please refer to the module handbook.

Study options

Study options
This program can be done
On campus



    Entry requirements are:

    1. the certificate of the general university entrance qualification, a relevant subject-specific university entrance qualification, a foreign university entrance qualification or a university entrance qualification recognised as equivalent by the competent state authority


    2. a degree obtained with above-average success in the course of studies in Ancient History or in courses of study with essentially the same content at a domestic or foreign university, for which a standard period of study of at least three years of study is fixed, or a degree recognized as equivalent. For the Master's programme in Ancient History (120 CP), the proportion in the subject of Ancient History of the first degree must usually be at least 50% or 70 ECTS points and in exceptional cases at least 20% or 28 ECTS points; in the subjects Classical Archaeology and Classical Philology, which also qualify for the Master's programme in Ancient History, the respective proportion of the subjects concerned must be at least 50% or 70 ECTS credits. For the Master's programme in Ancient History (20 CP), the subject content must be at least 20% or 28 ECTS.

    2. In assessing the above-average result, account may be taken in particular of:

    1. University degree grades of generally at least 2.0 in B.A. courses of Ancient History, Classical Archaeology and Classical Philology with a respective subject share of at least 50% or 70 ECTS points, in the B.A. course of History 75%, provided that a specialisation module and the examination module in the Ancient History sub-area have been taken.

    2. in the event that the subject share in Ancient history is less than 50%, but at least 20%, for admission, a university degree grade of, as a rule, at least 2.0 is a condition. The decision is made after a subsequent individual case review. For applicants who have obtained a degree in the B.A. History 75%, but have not completed a specialisation and examination module in the area of Ancient History, an admission must first have a university degree grade of usually at least 2.0. A decision is made after a subsequent individual case review.

    3. Proof of the professional classification of the applicant within the university at the final examination, which is a prerequisite for admission to this master's program (ranking).

    (3) The Admission Committee shall decide on the equivalence of previous education and the comparability of qualified qualifications. When recognising foreign degrees, the recommendations of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs as well as agreements within the framework of university partnerships must be observed. In cases of doubt, the Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen (ZAB) is consulted.

    Career opportunities

    Jobs directly related to your degree include:
    - Academic researcher
    - Archivist
    - Heritage manager
    - Historic buildings inspector/conservation officer
    - Museum education officer
    - Museum/gallery curator
    - Museum/gallery exhibitions officer
    - Secondary school teacher

    Campus location

    Heidelberg , Germany

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