The staffing schedule at the RGZM allows only four first-year students per academic year for the »Archaeological Restoration« cooperative degree program.

Conditions of admission

  • General qualification for university entrance
  • Completion of technical vocational training or comparable practical training in the field of restoration at either a museum or as part of archaeological fieldwork

According to German law, special regulations apply for applicants without the general qualification for university entrance (see below).

Application documents

Application documents should provide comprehensive and full details of the applicant’s school and vocational career and should include the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified copy of the general qualification for university entrance or certified copies of exiting certificates issued by vocational schools and testifying to completed training in skilled crafts
  • As an alternative to an apprenticeship, proof of two and a half years’ practical experience in the field of restoration with a detailed description of the tasks performed and documentation completed by the applicant. If necessary, proof of additional qualifications, such as different practicals or matriculation certificates for study periods completed.

In addition to certificates, personal assessments by instructors and trainers are particularly valuable.

Special regulations

If an applicant has studied at a technical high school, the applicant should provide proof of two and a half years’ relevant professional experience.
If the applicant does not have the general qualification for university entrance, a copy of the master craftsman's diploma is required.
Closing date for applications: 31st of December of the preceding year.
In addition to good manual skills, high personal motivation, communication and articulation skills, an interest in history, an artistic understanding and a sense of responsibility, applicants must also have knowledge of chemistry and an interest in natural sciences and technology.

Selection procedure

The four best applicants will be selected on the basis of the application documents submitted and an interview will be held in close cooperation with the Johannes Gutenberg-University. These four candidates will be given a three-month contract for a preliminary internship in the restoration workshops of the RGZM in order to assess individual aptitude. The work carried out will be evaluated according to the criteria “successful” and “unsuccessful”. If the internship is completed successfully, a training contract will then be issued that serves as entitlement to enroll in the program. If the internship is unsuccessful, the trainee is only given a certificate testifying the completion of the internship. It is not possible to enroll for the study program without a training contract with the RGZM.

As a rule, study is to commence in the winter semester of each year.

If new candidates are required because the preliminary practical was not completed successfully, study can also commence the following summer semester. Applicants who were unsuccessful in the selection procedure can, on request, be included in the pool of applicants for the following year and thus re-apply.