Near Eastern Archaeology

Heidelberg University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
3000 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Near Eastern Archaeology at University of Heidelberg is an historical subject. It investigates the material remains of the ancient Orient for what they can tell us about the settlement history of the Near East and the cultural history of that region. 


In geographical terms, “Near East” refers to an area extending from Iran in the east to Syria and Turkey in the west, from Caucasia in the north to South Arabia in the south. It is an area notable for the very wide range of geographical and climatic conditions to be found there. Today it encompasses several states with different populations and a multiplicity of languages and religions.

Learning outcomes

The period on which Near Eastern Archaeology at University of Heidelberg concentrates dates from the first human settlements after the last Ice Age to the beginnings of Islam, in other words a period of some 12,000 years. 

The following themes and groups of monuments/relics come in for special consideration: settlement history, urbanisation and topography in ancient Oriental towns, architecture, utensils and weapons, production and technology (ceramics, metal artefacts, etc.) art and handiwork (sculpture in stone and metal, terra cotta objects, vessel decoration and murals, glyptics).

Programme Structure

  • Both in the B.A. and the M.A. course, students are required to study either a second main subject (joint course) or a subsidiary (minor) subject. The acquisition of cross-disciplinary skills is also an integral part of both courses (B.A. and M.A.).
  • The choice of the joint or subsidiary subject will be dictated by the student’s interests and/or professional ambitions. Ideally, the subjects selected should combine to form a meaningful whole. One recommended joint or subsidiary subject is Assyriology. 
  • Other options that suggest themselves are Egyptology, Ancient History, Byzantine Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, Semitic Studies, Islamic Studies, Iranian Studies, Prehistory & Protohistory and Anthropology. 
  • Aside from these, students can also choose any subject admissible as a joint or subsidiary subject in B.A./M.A. courses at the University.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in German


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • General requirements for the study of Near Eastern Archaeology are an interest in the history and culture of the ancient Orient, an eye for the implications of visual evidence and a good visual memory.
  • A working knowledge of (at least) English and French is required to understand the international literature on the subject. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Near Eastern Archaeology
Heidelberg University


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