African Studies (Master)

Libuyu Marktet, Livingstone, Zambia.

Libuyu Market, Livingstone, Zambia © Carl-Philipp Bodenstein

African Studies are an area science and focus on the research and description of African societies, especially their history, languages and literatures. During your studies, you deal with the knowledge of African societies and Africa's embeddedness in the world, as well as with the implementation of this knowledge in professional and social practice.

In the two-year master's programme, you can choose from three areas: African linguistics, African literary studies and African history. Our interdisciplinary focal topics at the institute invite you to work in an interdisciplinary manner; such as sociolinguistics, diaspora studies, gender, colonial history, afriphone literature, racism research, mobility, history of science, urban research, language contact, pan-Africanism, popular culture and post-colonialism. The teachers offer you intensive supervision and support you in organising study periods abroad.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 897

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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 master’s programme in African Studies requires students to complete a basic module and a compulsory module. Moreover, they can choose one of the following three groups of compulsory modules: African Linguistics, African Literatures, and African History and Societies. The Basic Module is the foundation for any of the selected alternative group of compulsory modules. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination. We advise students to complete parts of the alternative group of compulsory modules during a stay abroad.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Languages
  • Postcolonialism
  • Societies
  • Global ties
  • Diaspora

... 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 are qualified to

  • teach and conduct research at universities and other institutions in research, academia and adult education
  • plan, organise and implement academic or cultural events; work in public relations; manage institutions (archives, libraries, museums, media, tourism); work for publishing houses or for literary societies
  • independently design, supervise and evaluate humanitarian and development policy projects in the governmental and non-governmental sector, both on a national and international level (non-governmental organisations, foreign ministries, EU organisations, UN organisations)
  • carry out academic, administrative or political work for international bodies
  • work in an advisory or leading position in the economic sector.

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: 1.6 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.4 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 5 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master’s programme in African Studies 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 ...

  • 79% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,865 gross/month.
  • 10% of graduates work in the advertising and market research sector.

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