Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation
© Katharina Sahm
Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation, M.Sc.

Program overview

The master’s program in Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation is characterized by its interdisciplinary and strong practical and research focus. The program picks up the academic discussion with the architecture of classic antiquity, upon which the methodology of building archeology was developed. You will also look at building documentation, historic site conservation, historic construction forms and structures, building research, strategies for monuments and historic sites, cultural heritage, and concepts for conservation and use.

The program is focused around a supervised project that changes annually: a historic site in Berlin-Brandenburg with which you learn the methods and objectives of building archeology and heritage conservation. During your studies, you will learn to analytically view and recognize the details relevant to a building’s history and construction and obtain skills in managing historically important structures.

The degree program profile provides a useful overview of the most important details for prospective students.

The master’s program is coordinated by the Chair of Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation. Further information about the team, academic chair, and its research focus can be found on the academic chair’s website.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study4 semesters
Credit points120
Program startWinter semester
AdmissionRestricted admission
Language of instructionGerman

Information about the program

Organizing your studies

Program structure

The master’s program in Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation is focused on a closely supervised project that changes annually and examines a monument or historic building in Berlin-Brandenburg. This project qualifies you for the academic objectives and methods of building archeology and heritage conservation.

The program is divided into compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective components. The compulsory component encompasses the master’s thesis and courses dedicated to the chair’s area of focus, architecture of classic antiquity, and building archeology. The remaining compulsory courses teach students the methods and objectives of building archeology and heritage conservation or are part of the year project. You also choose compulsory elective modules, a selection of those is offered by the academic chair. This allows each student to tailor their own profile based on their interests. Electives are designed to allow you to acquire additional subject-specific and generic skills as well as expertise qualifying you for a profession. You can choose elective modules from the entire course catalog at TU Berlin or another university in Germany or abroad.

The objectives and structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are conducted are set down in the study and examination regulations. These also contain a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters.


A module is a complete teaching and learning unit. Generally it consists of several different courses. Modules encompass attending classes as well as preparing for class, studying, and any exams or coursework required.

Detailed information about credit points, study content and learning outcomes, courses, workload, prerequisites for participation, exam formats and modalities, grading, as well as module duration can be found in the respective module description.

Compulsory and compulsory elective modules in your degree program are listed in the module list / catalog. This allows you to see which modules you can have counted towards each component (e.g. compulsory, compulsory elective, specialization). Please observe this information when planning your studies. It is generally not possible to re-allocate a module to a different component.

Master’s thesis

The fourth semester is reserved for the master’s thesis. Either alone or in small groups, students complete a project on a historical structure, demonstrating that they are capable of independently applying the relevant scientific methods to a question in building archeology and heritage conservation within a specified deadline.

The thesis amounts to 21 CP and consists of a written thesis to be completed within 20 weeks and an oral defense, which is to be held within eight weeks following the submission of the written thesis.

Further information about the master’s thesis and a list of former final theses can be found on the page Final Theses.


General information

Pursuant to Section 3 of the Study Regulations, you must complete a mandatory internship lasting four weeks. By completing an internship, students gain insight early on into areas of work in the field of building archeology and heritage conservation as well as insight into the complexity and interdependence of the necessary workflows. Due to the practical focus of the degree program, the internship is an essential component and provides useful orientation regarding future areas of work.

The four-week internship is to be completed during the lecture-free period. You can choose where to complete your internship. However, it must somehow be related to building archeology and heritage conservation. Students may complete two full-time internships, each lasting at least two weeks.

If you choose to complete the internship for a further four weeks, you can have the internship recognized as an elective module worth three credit points. The same applies to an additional internship lasting at least four weeks.

The central guidelines and information about the mandatory internship in the Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation master’s degree program can be found in the:

Internship Regulations

Internship details

The mandatory internship comprises at least 4 weeks and 160 hours (4 weeks full time). You can also complete the internship part time (e.g. 50% of regular working hours over 8 weeks). You cannot work less than 50% of the regular working hours each week. If you have already completed the compulsory four weeks and continue with the internship or begin a new internship, you can have the additional weeks recognized as an elective module worth three credit points. You must complete at least another 4 weeks and 160 hours to have the extra internship time recognized. It is also possible to complete the internship part time as described above.

Recognizing internships

A confirmation of completion of an internship is issued by the internship coordinator, who ensures that the internship(s) meet the requirements of the study and examination regulations and internship regulations.

You can complete your internship at the following institutions:

  • State agencies for the protection of historical monuments
  • Lower monument protection agencies
  • Architecture firms specializing in heritage conservation and construction in existing structures
  • Building archeology offices, restoration offices or workshops
  • Public institutions, e.g. German Archaeological Institute (DAI), Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG)
  • Excavations, archeological sites

Please contact the internship coordinator to have your internship recognized. Be sure to have the following documents at hand:

internship certificate (original & copy) with wet signature and letterhead of the institution, internship dates, hours/week, and a brief description of the work.

Please note that you must have the confirmation of completion of the internship before registering for the master’s thesis. You must have completed the entire compulsory component, including the mandatory internship, to be able to register for the master’s thesis.

Stay abroad

International cooperation agreements with the degree program and faculty allow you to study abroad at a partner university in Europe or overseas. TU Berlin also provides assistance with internships abroad. For detailed information as well as links to requirements, deadlines, and the application procedure, see Study & Internships Abroad.

Due to the project-based design of the master’s program, it is not possible to study abroad during the first three semesters without extending your period of study.

The academic chair’s different research projects offer students an opportunity to go abroad. Students can also take part in our cooperative partners’, such as the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, international research projects and expand their scientific network this way. Several internal and external research projects frequently offer the opportunity to complete a master’s thesis on site.

Part-time studies

Generally studying at TU Berlin is on a full-time basis. However, it is possible to study part time and complete only half of the required credit points each semester. University semesters completed on a part-time basis are counted as half of a degree semester.

The Office of Student Affairs website has everything you need to know about requirements, how to request part-time studies, and other important things to consider.

Due to the special project-based design of the degree program, there are several important aspects to consider if you choose to study part time. Several courses must be completed in a specific order, for example. If you are considering studying part time, please contact the academic advising of the master‘s program.

Visiting students and guest auditors

As a rule, visiting students and guest auditors in restricted admission degree programs in Faculty VI are only permitted to attend lectures. You require signed approval from the course instructor and faculty (dean of studies).

Visiting students should discuss examinations and receiving credit points with their instructor. You will receive a certificate of performance with your grade and credit points from the respective academic chair. An instructor may deny your request to take an exam which is already fully.

Guest auditors are not permitted to take exams.

Application procedure

Application forms and further information are available from the Office of Student Affairs.

Please complete the form and request approval from the course instructor and faculty. As a rule, you can do this electronically via email using digital signatures. To request approval from the faculty, please send an email to studienbuero(at)

Once the Office of Student Affairs has reviewed your application, it will be forwarded to Campus Management, who will email you your authorization for a TU Berlin account. Your TU account allows you to use a number of services, including the ISIS platform.

Quality assurance in the degree program

The following quality assurance instruments are regularly implemented in the degree program:

  • Degree program evaluation (every five to six years)
  • Teaching conference (twice a year)
  • Course evaluations (typically every semester)

The Office of Academic and Student Affairs has provided further information about these and other quality assurance offers on the page Quality in Study and Teaching.

Users who are logged in (TU portal) can view the current course evaluation results here. In addition, the results of the course evaluations are presented and discussed both in the courses themselves and in summary form at the biannual teaching conferences.

Course Guidance

If you have further questions, please contact the peer advisors in Course Guidance. They offer individual support and advising and organize info sessions for new students.

The Course Guidance website as well as other contact persons can be found here.


General examination information

TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO) determine the general organization and implementation of studies and examinations for all study programs at TU Berlin. The AllgStuPO is supplemented by study and examination regulations (StuPO) for each degree program, which define the objectives and structure of the program as well as examination requirements and how exams are conducted.

The websites for the Examination Office as well as your examination board provide both general and degree-program specific information about examinations, from registering for exams to plagiarism. You can also find a list of all relevant contact persons.

Module examinations

Students complete a module with an examination or assessment during their studies. The module examination determines how well students achieved the module’s learning objectives.

Pursuant to the TU Berlin General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO), module examinations are completed as written or oral examinations, portfolio assessments, term papers, or presentations. The study and examination regulations (StuPO) for your degree program may contain other examination formats.

As a rule, module examinations are taken during the next regularly scheduled examination period following a module. You register for exams via the Moses account/MTS/module examinations. Alternatively, your instructor will inform you how to register.

Be sure to observe the registration and de-registration deadlines! You must complete a registered exam if you do not de-register by the deadline. If you do not attend a registered exam or do not submit the examination/assessment work, the examination will be graded as “failed” and you will not receive any points.

It is possible to withdraw from a registered exam outside of the de-registration period in the event of significant reasons (e.g. illness). You must submit your withdrawal request no later than the day of the exam or first examination component to the examiner and Examination Office. You must submit proof of your reason for withdrawing within five days to the Examination Office.

Failed module exams can be repeated twice. If you seek advising from Course Guidance, you will be granted a fourth examination attempt. You must register in person at the Examination Office for the third and fourth overall attempts.

Failed module examinations taken during the first degree semester of a bachelor’s program are not recorded (“Freiversuchsregelung”). It is not possible to re-take a passed exam.

Students can request a reconsideration procedure to have their exam results reviewed and changed once these have been published.

Detailed information about examination formats, registering and de-registering, withdrawing, repeating module exams, and examination assessments can be found in TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

If you have questions about an exam, please contact the academic chair giving the exam.

If you have general questions about exams or require assistance due to conflicts regarding an exam or exam grade, please contact the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Final thesis

The final thesis is a form of examination and part of a student’s scientific training. The writing period and registration requirements are laid out in the study and examination regulations (StuPO). Depending on the study and examination regulations, the final thesis may be supplemented by an oral defense.

The final thesis may also be completed as groupwork or in collaboration with institutions outside of the University.

You must submit the application for admission to the final thesis, including a potential first examiner, your topic, and proof of any completed requirements pursuant to the StuPO, to the Examination Office.

As a rule, failed final theses can be repeated twice.

Detailed information about registering, withdrawing, repeat examinations, and evaluation guidelines can be found in TU Berlin’s General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

If you have questions about the content of your final thesis, please contact your first examiner or the supervising academic chair.

If you have general questions about the final thesis or require assistance due to conflicts regarding your thesis or its evaluation, please contact the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Further information about writing a master’s thesis in the degree program can be found above under Master’s thesis.

Plagiarism, cheating, breach of regulations

If a candidate tries to influence the result of an exam by cheating or influencing examination bodies, the examiner will exclude them from the exam. In such cases, you will receive a grade of “insufficient” or “failed” and must repeat the exam.

Cheating or an attempt to cheat is when you reproduce sources (texts, graphs, tables, figures) including Internet sources in unchanged or modified form and fail to identify these as such. This also applies if you use a written assignment for several coursework assignments or examinations. The use of unauthorized aids and falsification of empirical data are also considered cheating.

If a student is caught cheating again, the examination board may exclude them from completing further examinations which will lead to exmatriculation.

Detailed information about cheating and breaches of regulations can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

Academic adjustment

You can receive an academic adjustment on certain grounds (e.g. disability or chronic illness, pregnancy or maternity leave, caring for a family member), if you are unable to take an exam on the scheduled date or complete coursework by the scheduled deadline, within the designated period or timeframe, at the designated location, in the designated format, or in any other designated way. Academic adjustments are made by fixing another appointment, an extended period or timeframe, a different location, a different format, permission for auxiliary tools or persons, or in any other appropriate way

The responsible examination board decides on the academic adjustment upon application by the student.

Detailed information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).


If you have further questions, please contact the representative for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses, Psychological Counseling, or the Family Services Center.


Credit transfer

Credit transfer for coursework and examinations

Students can submit a request to have coursework and examination credits transfered which were completed at a university or other institution of equivalent status in Germany and abroad as long as the skills acquired do not significantly differ from those in the modules required by the degree program (see module list).

You must submit the application for credit transfer including all necessary proof to the examination board responsible for your degree program.

Before beginning a semester abroad, we recommend having the transferability of any credits confirmed by the examination board in a “Learning Agreement.”

Detailed information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).


Credit transfer for periods of practical professional work

You can receive credit for skills acquired outside of university studies (e.g. professional qualifications) if these are equivalent to the module content and learning objectives. You can receive credit for professional skills for up to half of the total number of credits required by your degree program.

Please submit your application for recognition of professional qualifications including necessary proof to the examination board responsible for the degree program.

Further information can be found in the General Study and Examination Regulations (AllgStuPO).

Please note: It is only possible to receive credit for previous coursework and examinations if you completed them through a master’s degree program (no bachelor’s seminars).

For further information, please contact the academic advising of the master‘s program.

BAföG certificate

German students (and international students under certain conditions) can request BAföG assistance for an undergraduate degree or first master’s degree. You must submit your application to the BAföG Office.

During your studies, you will undergo one academic performance assessment (between the fourth and fifth semesters), where you have to demonstrate that you have earned the usual credit points required by your degree program.

You can find your responsible BAföG representative on the page Representatives and Committees. The officers are responsible for notarizing your certificates of performance which are required for your BAföG application.

Examination Board

Specific information relevant to your degree program, contact information, and further links can be found on the website of your examination board.

Downloads & advising

Course Guidance

Course Guidance, staffed by peer advisors, offers information for prospective students and supports master’s students studying Building Archeology and Heritage Conservation with general and specific questions about their studies.

Academic Advising Service

TU Berlin’s Academic Advising Service assists students and prospective students with questions about choosing a degree program, organizing their studies, as well as with problems while studying.

Application & admission

Dates and Deadlines

All important dates and deadlines as well as important dates throughout the semester are published here by the Office of Student Affairs.