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Industrial archaeology

Study concept

Industrial archaeology is the science that deals with the recording, research, interpretation and, to a certain extent, the preservation of the material heritage of trade and industry-related artefacts, plants and systems in their cultural and historical context. By recording and documenting artefacts from the history of trade, industry and transport, industrial archaeology makes a contribution to the general preservation of historical monuments in the field of technical and industrial monuments. Due to the special subject matter and the diverse principles and methodological procedures, industrial archaeology is an interdisciplinary scientific field.

The Industrial Archaeology degree programme is aimed at students with an interest in history, a talent for mathematics and natural sciences and an interdisciplinary orientation. The TU Bergakademie Freiberg cooperates very closely with heritage conservation and museum institutions to impart practical professional skills. With its great industrial and mining history tradition, Saxony offers an ideal environment for industrial archaeological teaching and research.

Numerous technical museums and the Saxon Industrial Museum network complement and expand this state-wide "industrial archaeological laboratory" and open up the possibility of practical training for a wide range of professional activities.


Faculty of Business Administration (Faculty 6)
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Standard period of study
6 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Abitur or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognized as equivalent

Language requirement

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr. Gari Walkowitz
Schlossplatz 1, Room 2.207
Gari.Walkowitz [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 6
Schlossplatz 1, ground floor 202
fsr6 [at]

Introduction to the degree program

Presentation of the Industrial Archaeology (Bachelor) and Industrial Culture (Master) degree programs at TU Bergakademie Freiberg on Online Campus Day 2021.

Prof Albrecht on industrial archaeology