The Bachelor’s curriculum contains three types of programme-specific course units. The course units focusing on knowledge and understanding offer overviews of historical periods and large archaeological regions; the methodology course units offer introductions to geology, archaeobotany (the study of botanical remains), archaeometry (the study of remains by the application of natural scienc techniques), and physical anthropology (the study of human remains);
the practice-oriented course units contain supervised exercises with a focus on setting up and conducting independent research, fieldwork, material studies practicals, and excursions (a visit to an archaeological site, a museum, an exhibition...).
In addition to the programme-specific course units, the first-year curriculum also contains a number of general introductory course units in Philosophy, Historical Criticism and Anthropology. The second-year curriculum offers a choice of minors, containing coherent sets of course units from another, complementary discipline. Right from the start, you will come into contact with the multifaceted practice that is archaeology as well as various scientific disciplines. As you progress, however, traditional lectures will make way for more seminars and independent work. The supervised exercises programmed in the third-year curriculum ultimately culminate in an independent piece of work, i.e. the Bachelor’s paper.
The Master’s programme contains the actual discipline-specific expertise. You learn to conduct specialised academic research in an independent manner. With the Master’s degree under your belt you are able to take up senior positions successfully, e.g. leading excavations or co-ordinating projects. Proof of having earned that degree is in the Master’s dissertation, i.e. your independent graduation piece containing your research results. Equally important is our programme’s practical component, which prepares you for field archaeology and archaeological research. For that purpose, you participate actively in excavations, archaeological drillings and prospections. You get the opportunity to embark on an international work placement, too.