Building Archaeology (Master)

The interdisciplinary, cross-campus MA in Building Archaeology is the first of its kind in Germany.

Building archaeologists, architects, building engineers, archaeologists and art historians from both OTH Regensburg and the University of Regensburg offer courses on building analysis, archaeology, building research, built heritage conservation and the history of architecture and art.

Our Master graduates acquire knowledge and skills enabling them to analyse historically relevant buildings within their historical and cultural context, and to interpret their functional, aesthetic and ritualistic significance.

Degree programme information

Starting options:Winter semester, summer semester
Duration:4 semesters full-time, 7 semesters part-time, 120 ECTS credits
Profile:Course options and course scheme
Study options:Buidling Archaeology of Antiquity or the Middle Ages and the Modern Era
Degree title: Master of Arts (M.A.)
AccreditationACQUIN  Accreditation Agency [only available in German]

Applicants must hold a Bachelor, Master, Diplom or Magister degree in one of the following subjects:

Architecture, Building Climate, Civil Engineering, Archaeology (all disciplines), Art History, Interior Architecture, Restoration, History.

Applicants should submit a motivational letter as well as the usual application documents. They will also be required to attend an oral aptitude test designed mainly to assess their motivation. Deadline for applications: 15 January and 15 June.

Course commences: 15 March and 1 October

For further information please contact the Head of programme, Prof. Dietmar Kurapkat. 

The M.A. in Building Archaeology equips its graduates with an extensive range of skills and abilities: 

  • Comprehensive skills in the field of building archaeology and in the research of medieval and modern architecture, and a 'joined-up' understanding of design-engineering and historical knowledge from architecture, civil engineering, archaeology and art history. An in-depth knowledge of the history of building and urban development, built heritage studies, architectural styles, building description.
  • The ability to research literature and archives, to apply scientific working techniques. The ability to develop reconstructions and to determine construction phases based on detailed documentation and considerations of dating and interpretation. Knowledge, skills and abilities which are essential for work as a historical building researcher in architectural practices adopting a sensitive approach to structures of historical relevance. The ability to recognise important aspects of historic buildings.
  • A practical knowledge of built heritage protection and conservation and of site management on the basis of historical building research. An in-depth knowledge of the history, methods, organisation and structure of historic building conservation, the theory and practice of conservation measures, conservation law, conservation strategies and restoration. The expertise and ability to undertake scientific projects and dissertations in the Regensburg area, also projects and dissertations relating to building archaeology research in the Mediterranean and architecture outside Europe. 
  • In-depth knowledge needed to pursue a subsequent PhD course and scientific career with a university, the German Archaeological Institute, historic buildings and monuments agencies, building authorities or museums.
  • As well as learning subject skills in the application of scientific method, students pursuing this thoughtfully integrated course will develop social and method skills that will encourage personality development and qualities of leadership, and enable them to present their scientific research and findings with confidence and professionalism.