Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (B.A.)

Archeology (B.A.)
(with focus on Near Eastern Archeology)


Department of Egyptology and the Ancient Orient


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

The Master's program in "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies" (120 CP) deals with the same subject as the Bachelor's program, i.e. the cultures of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East (for more information, see subject description "Egyptology/Ancient Near Eastern Studies (B.A.)"). The content and objectives are now clearly research-oriented. The course of study will enable students to process relevant sources using the scientific methods of the disciplines involved, taking into account the intercultural environment in particular.

On this program, the usual division of ancient studies into philological and archaeological disciplines is not adhered to, so that students are able to draw sound conclusions (e.g. with regard to society, history, religion, the economy, science, geography, settlement history and topography) in the long run by analyzing the texts and the material remains. Students can choose from the following focal points:

a) Egyptology
b) Philology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Ancient Oriental Philology, Ancient Oriental Studies or Assyriology)
c) Archeology of the Ancient Orient (also known as Near Eastern Archeology or Near Eastern Antiquities).

Specialized practical training and field trips offer insights into scientific work on digs, in museums, or in academic institutions and research projects.

In addition to the specialized courses on offer, the Master's degree program offers the opportunity to acquire complementary knowledge in various fields, since the discovery of the civilizations of Egypt and the Ancient Near East open up a variety of specializations: Linguistics, Literature, Art History, Archeology, Religion, History, Technology, Architecture, Material Culture, Natural Sciences, Sociology, Ethnology, Journalism, and others. 15 CP are dedicated to acquiring these additional skills, which can be tailored to the intended direction of research. Advanced study of an individual focus area and previous minor subjects can also be added to these additional skills. The course of study will be completed in the fourth semester with a six-month Master's thesis and an oral examination.

Master entrance requirements

You can find information about the entrance requirements on the corresponding German website: Ägyptologie/Altorientalistik (M.A.)



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