Social and Cultural Anthropology (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims to provide core competences in the discipline and an academic preparation for future employment in various intercultural fields. Students acquire basic knowledge, enabling them to identify, analyse and solve problems related to current research areas of the discipline.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 610

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 30 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

Entrance exam procedure


Facts & Figures

  • Studierende: kA
  • Absolvent*innen im vergangenen Studienjahr: kA
  • benötigte Semester bis zum Abschluss (Median): kA

Datenstand: 25.05.2020

*Hier finden Sie detaillierte Informationen zu statistischen Daten aus Studium und Lehre.


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor's programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology starts with an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP). The STEOPs of the degree programmes in Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology consist of a unified module in social sciences, and a subject-specific module. The Introductory and Orientation Period is followed by a phase covering the basics of the discipline (core issues, central fields of research and history of theory in anthropology) and an advanced phase (methods, regional competences, application-oriented fields of research and current issues). To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor's theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Migration research
  • Colonialism
  • Globalisation
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Ethnohistory

... and many more.

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in occupational fields that require a theory-based approach to intercultural issues:

  • development assistance, assistance for refugees and migrant counselling
  • tourism and cultural communication
  • museums as well as
  • diversity management.

Potential employers for graduates of the bachelor's programme are, among others, businesses, NGOs and public institutions that interact with people from different cultural contexts.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 2,8 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 195 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 57% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,243 gross/month.
  • 20% of graduates work in the social work activities sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "BA Social and Cultural Anthropology".