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Master programme Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The master programme deals with the Mediterranean area and the Middle East from the beginning of the cultures of writing to the Late Antiquity. Approaches are offered by the methods of history, philology and archaeology. Special emphasis is put on contacts and interaction between cultural areas and political structures and their results and consequences for the present. Students will gain the skills to describe the facts arising from these sources in a critical, factual and clear way and to take an independent, critical position towards existing scientific and popular ideas, theories, ideologies and dogmas. Moreover the programme includes critical dealing with historical gender constructions and an enhancement of the understanding of historical-political, cultural, religious-ideological positions as well as values such as intercultural understanding, tolerance, etc.

Higher education institution:
University of Innsbruck
Group of fields of study:
Degree programme:
Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

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Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2008/09, Stk. 59 (Nr. 237), i.d.F. Stk. 113 (Nr. 438), MBl. 2018/19, Stk. 69 (Nr. 608)

Definition of the field of studies

The degree programme “Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies” deals with the Mediterranean area and the Middle East from the beginning of the cultures of writing to the Late Antiquity.


The degree programme consists of the six compulsory modules Ancient history I, ancient history II, languages and cultures, current discussion in antiquity research, theories of gender issues, and defence of the master thesis. The elective modules that have to be studied additionally consist of the three thematic concentrations Ancient history, ancient oriental philology and archaeology of the Middle East. At the end of the programme a master thesis must be written, the topic of which must be chosen from one of the compulsory or elective modules.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations