Museum und alte Kulturen

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Information for international students about the MA Museum and ancient cultures


MA „Museum and Ancient Cultures“

The master degree course, “Museum and Ancient Cultures” (120 ECTS) combines museum and classical studies in a new innovative program. The course unites theory and praxis, interdisciplinary work and job applicability with a high level of individual, specialized focus and an optional semester abroad.

Students in this program can expect a wide variety of classes, advanced education, congresses, excavations, excursions, internships, exhibition projects and more 

The following subjects are available as a focus; Egyptology, Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Studies, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology or Pre- and Early Historic Archaeology. In the fourth and final semester,  students write a 70-80 page Master's thesis about a topic from museum and classical studies. 


Download Poster (210 KB) and Info leaflet (german) (720 KB) here.


Why “Ancient Cultures”?

The term “Ancient Cultures” includes worldwide human cultures and “cultural circles” from prehistory to the beginning of the middle ages. Germany has a long tradition of research in classical studies. Museums with such collections have the task of presenting objects from this era in an attractive and clear manner. Therefore, a high level of professional knowledge and understanding of museum work are necessary. Because of this, this course offers varied and broad expertise.


Cooperation Partners

Helwan University in Cairo, established in 1975, has offered the master degree course “Museum Studies” since Winter 2014/2015. It is the first museological course in the near and mid-east and aims for the professionalization and revitalization of local museums.

The German Archaeological Institute Cairo explores all eras of Egyptian history, from prehistory to modernity. The exchange program is supported by the GAI through participation in guest lectures, excursions to GAI excavations and with the cooperation of students in GAI projects in praxis- and qualification work.


Entrance Requirements

-       relevant bachelor's degree in classic studies

-       relevant bachelor's degree in museology or essential museological skills and also praxis in a museum

-       start of studies is in winter semester

-       application deadline: From end of May to 15th July of the current year

-       German knowledge, the lectures will be held mainly in German

-       online- application


Place of study and University

The diocesan town of Würzburg, established more than 1,200 years ago, is a cultural and festival center, located in beautiful Franconian wine country. The city’s attractions include the UNESCO World Heritage Palace, the Residenz, the Marienberg Fort, diverse sports facilities and various festivals throughout the year (e.g. Africa festival, Kiliani folk festival, Mozart festival Würzburg, wine village Würzburg)

The Julius-Maximilians-University, founded in 1402, ranks among the oldest German Universities. It offers a balanced, diverse, and high-quality education in 10 Faculties and to over 28,000 students.


Prof. Dr. Guido Fackler
Professur für Museologie
Tel. 0931/31-85607

Elisabeth Greifenstein, M.A.
project coordinator