As a basic science, prehistoric archeology deals with early man's material legacies, social and economic forms of organization as well as his artistic, symbolic and spiritual expressions of life, insofar as they have left lasting traces. Your area of ??work ranges from the incarnation to historical times with sufficient written sources; spatially it is concentrated on Europe and its neighboring areas. In terms of questions and objectives, it is a historical science, in methodological terms it is an archaeological discipline. Prehistoric archeology researches artefacts as well as ground monuments and their time, function and cultural-historical significance with the help of form and typological, quantitative-statistical and material analysis methods as well as historical-cultural-anthropological analogies. Through excavation activities, she is constantly opening up new sources. Your work is enriched by the addition of methods and findings from various humanities and natural sciences such as ethnology, history, physical and historical geography, anthropology, archeozoology and archeobotany.

In the master’s degree in Prehistoric Archeology, in-depth specialist knowledge of prehistoric archeology, the mastery of scientific working methods, sufficient analytical experience for independent scientific work, the ability to reconstruct in dealing with fragmentary traditions as well as media and presentation skills are acquired.


To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in an ancient studies course with a focus on prehistoric archeology or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to that of the bachelor's degree with a focus on prehistoric archeology at the Free University of Berlin,
  • Proof of language proficiency in English (level B2 GER) for applicants whose mother tongue is not English and who did not obtain their university degree at an educational institution where English is the language of instruction

The course is restricted in admission.

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.


The master’s course is divided into the core area, a complementary module and an integrated study abroad (optional).

The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

The complementary area expands the specialist spectrum. A catalog of recommended modules from various master’s courses can be found in the study and examination regulations.

In the master’s program, the possibility of an integrated stay abroad at a foreign university is made possible, which usually comprises one semester.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the course

Core subject

Module I.

Applied methodology in prehistoric archeology

Module II

Research as a Process: Current Perspectives

Module III

Internship module

Module IV

Material culture and chronological structure of an era

Module V

Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Prehistoric Archeology

Module VI

Scientific presentation and discussion

Module VII

Independent scientific work

Complementary area



Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and advanced professional skills.

The degree in the master’s course in Prehistoric Archeology qualifies you for scientific activities in the field of prehistoric archeology. In addition to working in the state preservation of monuments and at state or municipal museums, it also enables them to work for private excavation companies. Furthermore, the course should also prepare students for activities in other professional fields in the field of cultural studies including teaching and educational institutions. In addition, it qualifies, in accordance with the respective admission requirements, for admission to doctoral studies.

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