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Ancient Near Eastern Studies - Living Environments in Past and Present

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Are you enthusiastic about the history and past cultures of Southwest Asia? Do you follow contemporary developments in this geographical area with great interest? You do not shy away from challenging activities on archaeological excavations nor from extensive work with archaeological finds as well as with scientific literature? You have acquired initial archaeological or cultural anthropological knowledge and skills during your B.A. studies? Then the Master of Arts Vorderasiatische Altertumskunde - Lebenswelten in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart at the University of Freiburg is right for you!


To successfully study Ancient Near Eastern Studies - Life Worlds in the Past and Present at the University of Freiburg, you should...

  • be historically, politically, and culturally interested in the region and ancient societies of Southwest Asia and their material and textual legacies.
  • Be able to work systematically and think analytically.
  • Enjoy extensive reading and scholarly work.
  • Have an interest in hands-on teaching, museum field trips, and archaeological research by working at excavation sites.
Language of instruction:

German and English

Academic calendar:

Winter and Summer Semester

Standard Period of Study:

4 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

120 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

with special prerequisites for admission
The admissions restrictions are determined by the admissions regulations for the individual field. For more detailed information, please visit your departmental academic advisor.

Higher semesters:

with special prerequisites for admission according to admission regulations

Application period: First semester: Winter Semester, Non-EU-Citizens: until 15 August, EU-Citizens: until 15 September
Summer Semester, Non-EU-Citizens: until 15 February, EU-Citizens: until 15 March

Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Application for this subject is only possible during the application period and is done online.
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

The research-oriented program “Ancient Near Eastern Studies – Living Environments in Past and Present” focuses on the ways of life and living environments of the societies of the old Orient and their cultural, religious, economic, and political views. Since ancient Near Eastern studies is treated as an anthropological, social, cultural, and historical field in Freiburg, the program also touches on current and contemporary developments in the Near East. The analysis of current processes serves as a point of departure for building models and theories to reconstruct ancient Near Eastern societies. In addition, the in-depth study of (pre)historical societies provides a basis for reflecting on current developments.

Students of the program are expected to acquire in-depth knowledge of the material culture of the ancient Near East, including its written legacy, and learn methods and theories for analyzing its context. Students of the research-oriented M.A. program “Ancient Near Eastern Studies – Living Environments in Past and Present” thus learn how to conduct independent research on topics with relevance for the field.

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The central academic advisory service - the Central Academic Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Dr. Elisabeth Wagner-Durand
Institut für Archäologische Wissenschaften, Abt. Vorderasiatische Archäologie
Platz der Universität 3
79085 Freiburg

Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.