Euroin Classical Cultures (EMCC)

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: German
Deadline: May 15, 2023
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The emphasis in the European Master in Classical Studies is laid on the following disciplines:
  • Ancient History
  • Classical Philology
  • Archaeology

The participation of a great number of universities offers a wide range of sub-disciplines in the field of Classical Studies, providing both a high degree of combination options and a European context. This European context forms an important part of the programme, which seeks to define the various facets of a European identity from its classical roots.

The diversity of the participating partner universities provides a great opportunity to refine and extend the programme of study through restructured, complex studies and joint activities. Moreover, the diversity of languages, which characterises Greco-Roman antiquity as much as it does modern Europe, is emphasised. To enhance country-specific knowledge, excursions to or inspections of important European historical sites are to be integrated into the study plan.

Educational organisation

The study programme is subdivided into three study areas:
  • Core Modules
  • Advanced Modules
  • Extension Modules

Further elements are interdisciplinary compact courses and a placement phase.

The core modules comprise three main subjects: Ancient History, Classical Philology and Archaeology plus a total of five modules which should be selected at a ratio of 2:2:1.
The core modules are split into introductory and speciality modules. The introductory module will impart the basic knowledge for each core module. Since admission to the EMCC programme requires basic expert knowledge for at least two core modules, students may only attend a single introductory module in one core module and should select their speciality modules accordingly. Whether an introductory module in any of the core modules is necessary at all will be decided during the admissions procedure.

The two advanced modules are designed to improve methodological and language skills.

Building on the studies pursued in the core and advanced modules, the extension modules aim at further professionalising the students by expanding geographical and historical knowledge in the pertinent field and by deepening their understanding of methodological problems.

The week-long, interdisciplinary compact course (Blockseminar) will be organised by the local coordinators and will take place once a year at different locations. It provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss the main points of their ongoing Master's thesis internationally.

Attractive Placements:
The placement offers the opportunity to gain hands-on or practice-oriented experience. As a rule, the placements will be organised in cooperation with leading institutions, for instance with one of our partners, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut.

Each module, with the exception of the interdisciplinary compact course and the placement, is worth 10 ECTS credits to be validated in individual courses, of which a minimum of one course per module must be worth at least five ECTS credits.

Double or Multiple Degree
EMCC graduates will receive the title Master of Arts from each university at which they have attained at least 30 ECTS.

Study abroad unit(s)

EMCC students attend at least two universities teaching in different languages. Our partner universities are:
Germany: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg & Universität Hamburg
France: Université de Toulouse - Le Mirail, Toulouse
Greece: National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Athens
Italy: Università degli Studi di Perugina, Perugia; Università degli Studi di Roma Tre, Rome
Austria: Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck, Innsbruck
Poland: Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Posen
Turkey: Istanbul Üniversitesi, Istanbul
Cyprus: University of Cyprus, Nikosia

Once a year, an interdisciplinary compact course will be held by several of our EMCC universities. This module gives students the opportunity to discuss their research results and establish international contacts. In 2011, we went to Istanbul. In 2013, we met at the University of Athens.


The placement module offers the opportunity to gain hands-on or practice-oriented experience. As a rule, the placements will be organised in cooperation with leading institutions, for instance with one of our partners, the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship.

Course objectives

The qualification goals of the programme are: expert knowledge and superior interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, analytical, representational and communicative skills in the field of Classical Studies. These will qualify students for their doctoral thesis (PhD), continued academic work and employment in the cultural sector. Particular emphasis is laid on language skills, intercultural competencies and an awareness of international cooperation in order to provide students with a profound expertise in the European and international employment markets in academia, education and culture.

Language requirements

Verifiable knowledge of the language spoken at the university at which the programme is started is mandatory, as is functional knowledge of two further modern languages (at least one of which is the official language of one of the partner universities). Knowledge of Ancient Greek or Latin is another requirement.

Academic requirements

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a relevant subject (e.g. Diplom, Staatsexamen for Germany, Laurea for Italy, Licenciatura for Spain, Licence for France and Turkey, Ptychio for Cyprus) with a normal course duration of six semesters (three years). Relevant subjects are in particular Ancient History, Archaeology and Classical Philology.

Enrolment fees

Social semester fee of 240 EUR per semester, including a semester ticket covering public transport for the greater Münster area and the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Costs of living

Approx. 700 EUR per month to cover accommodation, insurance, and personal expenses

Arrival support

Students of the EMCC have their own personal supervisor during their stay in Münster. We are happy to help you to find accommodation and to organise your studies.
Support is also offered in getting to know the "research infrastructure" of Münster with its variety of research institutions and libraries.
Each semester we offer several information and social events, such as excursions to tourist attractions in Münster and the Münsterland, as well as to relevant conferences and colloquia in the field of research of the EMCC.

Services and support for international students

The mentoring programme is a key element in the organisation of the EMCC. Each student will be assigned a personal mentor who is a member of staff at the university at which the student begins the programme. Support will be provided by the local EMCC coordinator.

Additional information
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, International Office:
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