Classical Philology (Master)

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Graduates of the master’s programme in Classical Philology are competent in dealing with all subject areas of classical philology (Greek literature of antiquity, Latin literature of antiquity, Latin language and literature in the Middle Ages and modern time). They are able to professionally comment on texts from these eras based on linguistic, literary and cultural studies criteria and critically assess them from a perspective of aesthetics of production and reception. In addition, they have specialised in one of the three subject areas mentioned above and are qualified to publish academic papers on this subject.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 683

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 05.01.2022

*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 consists of the following modules: Literature in Theory and Practice; Greek Language and Literature; Latin Language and Literature; Specialisation (either Greek literature or Latin literature of antiquity or Latin literature in the Middle Ages and modern time). In addition, students have to complete a module on textual transmission and reception, as well as the Master’s Module.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Greek literature of antiquity
  • Latin literature in the Middle Ages
  • Metre and rhythm
  • Ancient Greek literature
  • History of language

... 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 the following occupational fields:

  • theatre
  • museums
  • cultural institutes
  • exhibitions
  • culture journalism.

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: 2.3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 2.9 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 7 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 Classical Philology 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 ...

  • 73% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,592 gross/month.
  • 8% of graduates work in the education sector.

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