Ancient History and Studies in Classical Antiquity (Master)

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The master’s programme in Ancient History and Studies in Classical Antiquity aims at providing students with an academic education in classical antiquity and ancient history. Students improve their understanding of different cultures in the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Topics of women’s and gender history form an important part of this master’s programme. Graduates of the programme are able to think in historic categories and development contexts. They have extensive knowledge of the study of sources from Greek and Roman antiquity, as well as specialist knowledge of selected areas of ancient history, classical antiquity and related disciplines. They are qualified for academic work in all its diversity. Furthermore, graduates are able to edit source materials and develop research projects under supervision.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 807

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


new Curriculum - starting winter semester 2019/20


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of two compulsory modules Introduction to the Master Ancient History and Academic Research and Writing; the group of compulsory modules Studying Ancient Sources; and the compulsory modules Ancient History and Etruscology, Applied History: Field Trip and a Master's Thesis Seminar. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination


Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Gender history
  • Source studies
  • Numismatics
  • Epigraphy
  • Cultures in the Mediterranean region



 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates of the master’s programme are able to present research findings as well as general knowledge to different target groups. They are qualified to work at non-university research institutions, educational and cultural institutions and are capable to work in teams. In addition, they have acquired the ability to reflect on their own academic work and to deal with academic criticism. Based on this comprehensive education, graduates are also qualified to work in non-university occupational fields, such as the educational sector, journalism, public cultural work and cultural management, and more.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates