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About the programme
Language: English (See language requirements)   | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September (no winter intake)


Please note: It is not possible to apply for admission to this Master's degree programme to 1. September 2019. The programme is merged with other master's degree programmes in Archaeology to a common Master's degree programme in Archaeology.

The past in a current perspective

In the Master’s degree programme in classical archaeology, you study the material artefacts of the Mediterranean cultures of Antiquity – from the tiniest potsherds and the impressive architecture of the Acropolis to the unique objects of art now found in museums the world over. The subject deals with the history of Greco-Roman art and culture from prehistoric times to Late Antiquity (approximately 2000 BC to approximately 400 AD). The social, religious and cultural aspects of Antiquity are studied through work with material culture and written tradition. You work with social and cultural history issues relating to Greco-Roman culture in a broad sense at both a theoretical and an empirical level.

International network

The classical archaeology programme at Aarhus University is characterised by a large international network created by the staff and the many research projects associated with the programme. These research projects span the period from the second millennium BC to the sixth century AD. As a Master’s degree student, you have an opportunity to specialise further and shape your individual degree profile through this international network. You can do so by studying at a foreign university or through field studies and archaeological digs in the countries influence by the Greco-Roman culture.

Association with the Museum of Ancient Art

The Section for Classical Archaeology offers highly specialised teaching within a wide range of areas and topics, including late Antiquity, East Mediterranean cultures, Black Sea archaeology and religious landscapes, ceramics, sculptures, sarcophagi, mosaics and numismatics.

Admission requirements

Access to the Master´s Programme in Classical Archaeology requires successful completion of a Bachelor degree in Classical Archaeology.

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.

Legal right of admission

Students of the Bachelor's degree programme in philosophy at Aarhus University have the right to be admitted to the Master's degree programme in philosophy on the condition that application is made with a view to continuing directly from the Bachelor's degree programme to the Master's degree programme. The legal right of admission requires receipt of the application by Aarhus University within the appropriate period of time.

Selection criteria

As the Master’s degree programme in Classical Archaeology (due to government legislation) only admits a limited number of students each year, meeting the admission requirements does not in itself guarantee admission to the programme.

In evaluating qualified applicants, the admissions committee assesses each applicant on the basis of the average mark (i.e. GPA) of the Bachelor’s degree at the time of application. Marks/grades obtained after the application deadline will not be included in the GPA.

The admissions committee assesses each applicant’s marks on the basis of the information provided by diplomas and transcripts.

Language requirements

English at B level at upper-secondary school or the equivalent is a requirement for admission.

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Programme structure

Academic regulations


Student life

As a Master’s degree student of classical archaeology, you have plenty of opportunity to participate in academic and social activities:

  • The Student Committee is where students from different fields of study with in Classical Studies meet to talk about the degree programme and their future development.
  • The Classical Archaeological Association (KAF) has members from all over Denmark. Four times a year, the association publishes a newsletter in Danish called KAF-meddelelser (KAF Announcements).
  • Agora is an interdisciplinary newsletter for classical archaeology and philology research.
  • In addition, there are many other events for students at the Faculty of Arts and the University of Aarhus in general – e.g. lectures, intro days, career days, seminars, celebrations and sports days.

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Job profile

The most common career paths for classical archaeology graduates are:



  • Classical archaeology: It is not surprising that many classical archaeology graduates find jobs as classical archaeologists at excavations and museums in Denmark or in the Mediterranean area. There are relatively few such positions, however, and many graduates therefore find other jobs.
  • Art and culture communication: You can use your art history and aesthetics qualifications to communicate about art and culture – at art museums and galleries, for example, and as cultural officers within municipal administration.
  • Administration and analysis: You learn to examine, systematise and communicate information, and many classical archaeology graduates use these skills in positions as administrators, project managers or consultants.
  • Teaching and research: A degree in classical archaeology also enables you to become a researcher and find employment at a university. For more information about PhD degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, click here.

Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in classical archaeology, you acquire skills that you can use in many different areas:



  • Analysis and structure: An important part of an archaeologist’s work consists of documenting complex material using verbal and written communication, photos, measurements and IT processing. Archaeologists are therefore good at systematising and structuring material – in other contexts as well.
  • Communication and a sense of aesthetics: An archaeologist analyses material and visual forms of expression. Your knowledge of aesthetics, space, architecture and communication can also be used in other contexts.
  • Project management and collaboration: An excavation is a concentrated project in which the ability to collaborate at both a scientific and interpersonal level is essential. You are therefore qualified to manage and participate in scientific projects.
  • Historical and cultural understanding: You have a general understanding of living conditions, culture and social conditions in ancient Greece and Rome. As a result, you are capable of studying other cultures and historical periods, and relaying your knowledge to others.
  • Practical archaeological work: You are familiar with basic excavation and documentation techniques and are skilled at undertaking archaeological detective work.

Career guidance

Please contact the Student Counselling Office for advice about employment opportunities and the subject profile options of your degree programme.

You can read more about the career services that are available from Arts Karriere who provide information about employment opportunities as well as arranging various events and workshops.