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The study of Greek and Roman antiquity from around 1000 BCE to approximately 500 CE.

About the programme
Quota 1 2019: 6.6 (Standby: -)   |   Quota 2 2019: 4.8 (Standby: -) (Indicative)  
: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: Week 35


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the classical archaeology programme, you learn how to contribute to our understanding of the societies and cultures of the ancient world by analysing artefacts from Greek and Roman antiquity. You also learn the excavation and measurement techniques you need to participate in archaeological digs.

Classical perspectives

During the first two years of the classical archaeology programme, you study artefacts from Greek and Roman antiquity along with the history of the period’s art and culture. You also explore many aspects of antiquity from a comparative perspective in relation to the present, including political systems, philosophy, aesthetics, rhetoric, theatre, architecture and art. You learn to communicate your knowledge of the antique world on many levels.

The Mediterranean and museums

On the classical archaeology programme, you focus primarily on artefacts and material culture in the Mediterranean and in museums and private collections all over the world. The classical archaeology programme is internationally oriented. You learn a number of languages in addition to Greek and Latin, and you visit ruins and museums around the Mediterranean.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor’s degree programme in classical archaeology qualifies you for admission to a variety of Master’s degree programmes. For example the Master's degree programme in classical archaeology, which is an advanced studies programme which builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. A degree in classical archaeology can give you career opportunities at museums, in administration, fundraising and communication, as well as research, for example in connection with national and international research projects involving excavations in the Mediterranean.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22290

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (A, B and C refers to the subject level in the Danish upper secondary school with A being the highest level possible):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Greek A*
  • Latin A*
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

*Greek A and Latin A may be replaced by an introductory language course in connection with the programme. Latin A and Greek A are also prerequisites. If you do not have these qualifications, you can take the courses when you start the degree programme.


If there are any subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses or as a summer supplementary course (conditional Admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July in the year of application unless you apply for conditional admission.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 

  1. average mark in particularly relevant subjects
  2. other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language).

Programme structure

On the classical archaeology programme, you learn about the theory and practice of archaeology excavation and the interpretation of archaeological finds from the Mediterranean.  You will be introduced to the Greek and Latin languages as well as the cultural history of the antique world. You also become acquainted with the tools and techniques used by archaeologists in connection with excavating, dating and interpreting finds from the region. Even though it is not a compulsory part of the programme, many students participate in excavations in the course of their summer holiday.

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the various courses to read the individual course descriptions.



Student life

Academic life on the classical archaeology programme

The classical archaeology programme is not a large one, so instruction takes place in small classes with good opportunities for interaction and discussion with the instructor. You will also be part of a study group, where you will work on presentations together, discuss your subject and present it in class. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the classical archaeology programme. As you can see, you spend a large part of your time preparing for classes. This is why classical archaeology is a full-time degree programme, even though you might not have as many lessons as you are used to. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies.

8:00 - 10:00 Latin I
10:00 - 13:00 Independent study
13:00 - 15:00 Exercises: Latin I
15:00 - 17:00 Independent study

8:00 - 10:00 Independent study
10:00 - 12:00 Introduction to Greek Archaeology
12:00 - 15:00 Latin I
14:00 - 17:00 Independent study

8:00 - 10:00 Independent study
10:00 - 12:00 Information Search
12:00 - 14:00 Independent study
14:00 - 16:00 Latin I
16:00 - 17:00 Information Search

8:00 - 11:00 Independent study
11:00 - 14:00 Exercises: Introduction to Greek Archaeology
14:00 - 16:00 Introduction to Greek Archaeology

8:00 - 10:00 Exercises: Latin I
10:00 - 13:00 Independent study
13:00 - 15:00 Study group
15:00 - 17:00 Friday bar

Social life on the classical archaeology programme

There are lots of academic and social activities for students of classical archaeology. For example, you can participate in: 

Classical archaeology has a Friday bar together with the other classics degree programmes. The bar is a place to socialise and wind down for archaeology and philology students.

Classical studies has a journal called Agora. Here students, researchers and teaching staff share their latest discoveries about Greek and Roman antiquity. Agora
Read the journal (in Danish)

The degree programme committee
If you’re interested in having an influence on your degree programme, you can join the degree programme committee. Classical archaeology is part of the same degree programme committee as the other classics degree programmes. 

Studying abroad

You can study abroad for a semester as a student on the classical archaeology programme. Studying abroad allows you to improve your foreign language skills and learn another culture from the inside. During the summer holiday, you can also participate in digs in the Mediterranean. You can also take advantage of the many exchange agreements Aarhus University has with other universities around the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

Commencement of studies

Your time at Aarhus University will begin with an introductory week in week 35 (the last week of August). During this week, you will get an introduction to IT systems, exam forms and degree programme structure and opportunities as well as meeting your teachers. You can read more about your commencement of studies and the introductory week here. On this page, you will also find tips and good advice for new students at Aarhus University.

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As a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology, your career options depend on your choices and interests during your studies as well as on what Master’s degree programme you choose.

Your studies in classical archaeology teach you to systematise and document complex material. Your experience with archaeological excavation teaches you how to cooperate with others and to manage projects. Your study of Greek and Roman antiquity also gives you an understanding of historical method that you can apply to other cultures and periods.

Many graduates of the classical archaeology programme work in administration, consultancy or project management. There are also career opportunities at museums and galleries. You can also work with archaeological research and excavation in the Mediterranean or in Denmark.

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the Bachelor’s programme in classical archaeology go on to take a Master’s degree. Some of the options are:

  • The Master’s degree programme in classical archaeology, which allows you to specialise in different aspects of the material culture of antiquity to a higher degree.
  • The Master's degree program in information studies, which examines the interplay between people and information technology.
  • The Master’s degree programme in experience economy, where you learn to understand experiences as commodities and design experiences for users.