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 the study of museum and classical studies in a new innovative degree course, which unites theory and praxis, interdisciplinarity and job relatedness with high level of individual, specialized focus and optional semester abroad.

In this way the students have a wide variety of classes, advanced education, congresses, excavations, excursions, internships, exhibition projects aso.

The setting of priorities is possible for one of the following subjects: Egyptology, Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Studies, Classical Archaeology, Classical Philology and also Pre- and Early Historic Archaeology. In the final fourth semester a 70 to 80-sided master’s thesis in reference to a topic from museum and classical studies will be composed.

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 the prehistory to the beginning of the middle ages. Germany looks back at a long tradition of researches in classical studies. Museums with such collections face the task of presenting archaeological objects in an attractive and generally intelligible way. Therefor a high level of professional knowledge and reflected understanding of museum work are necessary. For that reason there is a chance of a broadly conceived expertise generation through the fusion to one master degree course.


Cooperation Partners

Martin von Wagner-Museum: The oldest and biggest German university museum provides a general view about the cultures in ancient times from the early advanced civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the late antiquity.

The Helwan University, which was established in 1975, provides the master degree course “Museum Studies” since the winter semester 2014/15, the first museological degree course in the near and mid-east, which aims for professionalization and revitalization of the local museums.

The German Archaeological Institute Cairo explores all epochs of Egypt from prehistory to modernity. The exchange program will be supported by the GAI through the participation in guest lectures, excursions about GAI- excavations and with the co-operation of students at GAI-projects in the context of praxis- and qualification works.


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 Würzburg, which was established more than 1.200 years ago, is a culture and festival town nowadays, conveniently located in Franconian wine country. The big city provides highlights like the UNESCO World Heritage Residence and Castle Marienberg and diverse sports facilities and a varied free time schedule (e.g. Africa festival, Kiliani folk festival, Mozart festival Würzburg, wine village Würzburg)

The Julius-Maximilians-University was established in 1402 and ranks among the oldest German universities. It provides in 10 faculties around 27.000 students a balanced, diversified and high-quality study.