6 semesters
Aug Oct
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About this course

The Bachelor’s degree in archaeology combines the subjects of classical archaeology and prehistory and early history in a joint degree course. Classical archaeology is a historico-cultural discipline which explores the material culture of Greco-Roman antiquity (circa 1500 BC - 500 AD). Prehistory and early history deal with the remaining cultural history of mankind from the Stone Age to the early Middle Ages in all parts of the ancient world. The related issues are mainly historical. This course profile is unique in Germany. After the Bachelor’s degree, in the Master’s phase you can enrol for either prehistory and early history or classical archaeology.

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme, have basic historical and geographical know-how, good powers of observation, an interest in cultural and historical correlations and issues, willingness to autonomously explore new cultural heritage groups and read numerous technical texts, the ability of communicating relevant contents orally and in writing, idealism coupled with high frustration tolerance, enjoy critical discourse regarding the material legacies of past civilisations in seminars and in the field, communicating and transferring knowledge, developing new ideas and struggle through a plethora of archaeological finds from various excavation sites and various eras and cultures, comprehensive foreign-language (e.g. English, French, Italian and Turkish) literature, preparing written papers and oral presentations.

Graduates from this degree programme frequently work

  • in museum and exhibition management
  • in the field of heritage protection
  • in media companies and the publishing industry
  • in adult education and tourism
  • in arts administration

Entry Requirements

Higher education entrance qualification (undergraduate degree programmes)

  • Your higher education entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung, HZB) is your school leaving certificate or proof of studies already completed at secondary education level. To qualify for admission to Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), you must be able to prove you possess the equivalent of the German Abitur qualification, which is the examination taken at the end of your secondary education.

Application without higher education entrance qualification

  • If you don't have proof of a higher education entrance qualification, you will not be able to apply directly to the university. First, you will need to take an assessment test, called the "Feststellungsprüfung". You can prepare for this test by taking classes at a Studienkolleg (these are government-run educational institutions located throughout Germany), or special preparatory school.

The language of instruction at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is German, and only a few degree courses are taught in English. The English-taught programmes have individual application procedures. A high level of German language skills is required to successfully complete a regular degree course at RUB; language skills can be proven by presenting a certificate gained for passing one of the following examinations:

  • DSH examination (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang) (level 2 or 3)
  • ZOP examination (Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung) of the Goethe-Institut
  • German language diploma, level II, of the Goethe-Institut
  • TestDaF (Deutsch als Fremdsprache) with the grades 4 x 4 or 16 points (website in German only)

Applicants who do not possess sufficient language skills may apply to take fee-based German language courses at RUB beginning at Level A2.