Classical Archaeology

Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The first study degree of Classical Archaeology is aimed on acquirement of general knowledge that represents vital presumption for the understanding and further study of the cultural-historical development, socio-economic structures, and material culture of the two main civilizations of the Ancient world - Greece and Rome.

Shadows of the Ancient Past light our future

Special courses are primarily focused on archaeology, with emphasis on the material culture, architecture, and arts of the ancient civilizations.

An integral part of the study is practical experience supporting not only in the field of archaeological prospection and research but also for subsequent laboratory processing, documentation, and scientific evaluation of the results.

Unique is the possibility to carry out archaeological excavations and student practice in areas of the direct influence of the ancient civilizations - currently in Crete, Albania, and Italy, or at an extraordinary Roman site near Mušov.

International relations and cooperation are supported not only by the participation of students in international research or by scientific activities of the department, but also by regular lectures provided by foreign specialists. Students are recommended to attend some exchange programs. The interdisciplinary overlap of the study is very specific, in addition to specialized classic archaeological courses, students acquire basic knowledge and orientation in archaeological theory, methods, and technics, in Latin and Classical Greek languages, Ancient Literature, Ancient History, Realia, and Mythology of both civilizations.

Practical training

Practical training accompanied by supervision is an obligatory part of the curriculum for this field and students experience 2 weeks for the programme minor, 4 weeks for the programme maior and 6 weeks for the programme completus of practical field work training on an archaeological site.

Actual site choice of the practical training and it is spread out over the semesters depends at students discretion. Preference is given to the practical training at the site where actively participate researchers of the Institute (Priniatikos Pyrgos, Oxa - Kalos Lakkos, Bibracte or Mušov). Practical training on other archaeological sites in the areas of direct influence of ancient cultures is also accepted.

Career opportunities

The branch of Classical Archaeology in Bachelor degree provides basic archaeological, historical and language education but also practical training for work on archaeological excavations in technical professions, further in museums, art galleries and other scientific, cultural and heritage preservation institutes. This education is also usable for range of various career opportunities and work positions in administrative, travel movement, journalism, publishing houses, educational and cultural organizations, etc.

Admission requirements

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Learning Potential Test (TSP). Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

Field of Study Examination

For admission for studies of this degree programme, you do not need to take the Field of Study Examination.

Admission without the entrance examination

You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on participation in a national round of Students’ Professional Activities (SOČ) in the fields of History and Theory of Culture, Arts, and Artistic Creation. For the final verdict you need to submit your work, so that the compliance of your topic with the field of study can be verified.
Please upload the officially certified documents together with a completed Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

Criteria for evaluation

Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 40

Recommended literature

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Classical Archaeology as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Education

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Follow-up studies

After completion of the Bachelor's study programme, it is possible to continue further studies in any Master's degree programme (after satisfying the admission requirements). At the Faculty of Arts MU students can apply for admission to a follow-up Master's degree programme Archaeology – speciality in Classical Archaeology.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

Do you have any questions?
Send us an e-mail to

Mgr. Věra Klontza, Ph.D.



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