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Master programme Ancient Oriental Philology and Oriental Archaeology

Content and focus of the degree programme:

In this degree programme the knowledge in Akkadian and Sumerian and the familiarity with the archaeological methodology and the material legacy of the ancient Orient are enhanced. Alternative compulsory modules broaden the language skills through the learning of an additional Semitic language or enhance the archaeological skills. Graduates will be able to work independently in museums and research or teaching institutions such as universities and academies according to the primary job profiles. The skill for independent academic work also opens up occupational fields in cultural and scientific departments of various media. And finally the degree programme promotes an understanding for social, economic and cultural processes in terms of an anthropological and (cultural)historical discipline, which enables graduates to independent work in international organisations, in various areas of further and adult education and in tourism.

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

Contact & Information materials:

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. 2007/08, Stk. 30 (Nr. 204), i.d.F. MBl. 2015/16, Stk. 67.1 und Stk. 51 (Nr. 361), MBl. 2016/17, Stk. 26 (Nr. 112)

Definition of the field of studies

The aim of the degree programme “Ancient Oriental Philology and Oriental Archaeology” is the ability for independent academic work at issues of research of ancient oriental cultures on the basis of primary sources.


The degree programme consists of the following compulsory modules: Akkadian seminars, seminars in Sumerology, archaeological seminar, history and cultural history of Mesopotamia and a concentration module in philology. Alternatively the knowledge in the fields of semantics or archaeology can be deepened. From the following elective modules four have to be chosen: archaeological seminar, philological concentration module, South Arabia in the past and present and Sabean studies. The degree programme concludes with a master thesis and the passing of a master examination.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations