Degree: Master of Arts
Standard duration of study: Four semesters
Start: summer and winter semester
Admission: Limited admission (application to CEMA)
Admission requirements: B.A. degree or equivalent degree with an overall grade of at least 2.5 (no additional oral examination). With an overall grade from 2.6 to 3.0 there will be an additional oral examination.
Verification required for
a) academic achievement in History comprising at least 60 credits, including at least 20 credits in Ancient History, or
b) academic achievement in Archaeology / Ancient Cultures comprising at least 75 credits, including at least 6 credits each in the area of Greek History and Roman History, but altogether at least 20 credits.
Special prerequisite for admission: evidence of sufficient knowledge of Latin, at least on the level of the Latin proficiency certificate. The evidence of sufficient knowledge of Latin must be submitted by the end of the second subject semester. Until such evidence has been presented, the enrolment is subject to conditions precedent.
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview (pdf in german)
Application: application procedure
Language of the programme: German
The programme aims to give students the skills they need to independently and scientifically deal with the subject matter. Students will receive basic knowledge in the history of antiquity. All aspects of ancient history are considered, meaning that in addition to the historiography and the evaluation of the source material, general sociopolitical topics as well as topics of ancient economic history, military history, religion and intellectual history are also included.
Not only is historical knowledge conveyed in the programme but also skills: the ability to independently work with different types of sources, the ability to independently research a topic and to look at different opinions of research, the ability to present the acutal state of research and the student's own results in oral and written form as well as the ability to use new methods of research and giving presentations.
Recommended language skills
In addition to the required knowledge of Latin in at least the scope of the Latinum, the basic knowledge of Ancient Greek is highly recommended. This also holds true for knowledge of the English language and a further modern foreign language.
Research foci in Göttingen
The subject Ancient Cultures is supported by the Centre for European Cultures and Cultures of the Mediterranean in the Ancient World. The subject offers the possibilities to grasp the political and historical developments of the states of the ancient world, from the high cultures of the 3rd century B.C. up into the period A.D. in its diversity and manifoldness, to become familiar with and research its culture, its social strucutres, its monuments and living environment, and finally to acquire the corresponding methodical approaches.
The programme is composed of compulsory and elective modules. The compulsory modules form the epochal study foci, while the elective modules allow students to individually design the programme. The Master's Programme in Ancient Cultures is divided into a.) studies in Ancient Cultures (42 credits), b) a permissible module pacakge from a different subject in total of 36 credits, or two permissible module packages from a different subject worth 18 credits each, c) Area of Professionalization (key competencies) in the amount of 12 credits, the written Master's thesis (30 credits).
Degree-holders will be qualified for work in academic teaching and research as well as in the educational field and in the cultural sector. Areas of work therefore include academic institutions, institutions of further education, museums, publishing houses and newspapers, as qualified travel guides etc.