Archaeological Restoration (B.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Bachelor of Arts (Single-subject Bachelor)

Standard period of studies:

7 semesters


Winter semester
Language of Instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Admission restrictions:

Open admission, but with special entrance requirements: Agreement of traineeship with the RGZM (Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum.
Certificate of a vocational education and training in a skilled trade or a corresponding long time work experience.


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


Please keep in mind that you need a certification of recognition for all foreign certificates. The recognition process takes up to six weeks and the certificate must be included in your application.

June 1 - September 1


Institute of Early and Pre-Historic Archeology


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

Archaeological restorers maintain, care for, restore and carry out technological research on art and cultural assets. A restorer carries out all conservation measures on an object which prevent and delay changes occurring that could endanger the object. They also perform all restorative interventions needed to preserve a damaged, deformed, or fragmented object without destroying historically significant substance in all relevant dimensions. In addition, they perform all investigations to determine historical significance, the level and type of damage, as well as craftsmanship and artistic technique.

This activity brings with it a high level of responsibility and requires a methodical academic approach which seeks to understand the original artifact in all major dimensions and also considers the consequences of each intervention.

These days, restoration therefore means using scientific methods for maintaining the historical substance of an object, whereby theoretical knowledge and the ability to use this knowledge in a targeted and coordinated manner are just as important as manual skill, practical experience with historical material, and artistic sensitivity. The dual Bachelor's degree program Archaeological Restoration is offered in cooperation between the Institute for Prehistory and Early History, 07 - Department of History and Cultural Studies - and the Roman-Germanic Central Museum (RGZM), the Prehistory and Early History Research Institute, with participation from the Institutes for Geosciences and Nuclear Chemistry (both 09 - Department of Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Geosciences). In addition to intricate manual skill, the requirement profile also includes high personal motivation, an ability to communicate and express ideas, an interest in history, an awareness of responsibility, and, in particular, a basic knowledge of chemistry and an interest in natural sciences and technology.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Academic Advisory Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).