Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies (Master)

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Students of the master’s programme in Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival Studies acquire advanced competences in working with written and material historic sources, as well as historical image, film, video and audio material. In addition, they know the principal methods of historical research and archival studies, auxiliary sciences of history (in particular the manuscript studies of the Middle Ages and modern period), diplomatics, administrative record studies, codicology, genealogy, heraldry, sigillography and chronology. Beyond that, they are able to apply modern methods in documentation and information management and have extensive knowledge of archival appraisal, documentation and editing of audio-visual sources and basic knowledge of libraries and museology.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 804

5 semesters / 150 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

To successfully complete the master’s programme, students have to complete compulsory modules (Constitutional History and History of Administration; Palaeography and Archival Studies; Auxiliary Sciences; Medieval and Modern Palaeography; Diplomatics; Source Studies; Administrative Record Studies; Archive Internship), one of the two alternative groups of compulsory modules as emphasis (either Auxiliary Sciences and Historical Research or Archival Studies and Media Archives), as well as a Master's Module and the master’s thesis and master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Diplomatics
  • Techniques for calendaring charters
  • Administrative record studies
  • Museology
  • Sigillography

... 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 pursue a career in occupational fields that academically investigate written and non-written monuments of history, and supervise and present them in the public or private sector, especially in archives, media archives and museums. Additionally, they are qualified for all professions that aim at preserving culture.

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: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.8 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 15 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 Auxiliary Sciences of History and Archival 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 ...

  • 74% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,323 gross/month.
  • 10% of graduates work in each of the social work activities sector and the libraries, archives, museums sector.

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