European Ethnology (Master)

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The master’s programme in European Ethnology equips students with knowledge of the historical context and present dispositions of daily practice and cultural manifestations in European societies. In addition, it provides them with competences in theory-based specialist methodology and scientific working skills. Developing own research questions and dealing with them independently is one of the key characteristics of the master’s programme, which aims at further developing students’ research competences and qualifying them for future employment.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 823

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 consists of the following compulsory modules: "Media, Discourse and Representation", "Space-Time Configurations", "Cultural Practices and Semiosis in Everyday Life", "Cultural Practices and Semiosis in Everyday Life", "Knowledge and Materiality", "Methodology and Fields of Work", "Research Project" and "Master". To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

    • Culture and region
    • Ethnography and epistemology
    • Historicity
    • Knowledge (research) and representation
    • Culture theories

    ...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 areas:

      • museums and archives
      • advertising agencies, publishing, media
      • educational institutions
      • NGOs
      • research and university institutions
      • international institutions.

        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: 3.4 (appropriate)

        → These results are based on feedback from 12 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 European Ethnology 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 ...

        • 68% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
        • graduates earn approx. € 2,976 gross/month.
        •  graduates work e.g. 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 "Diploma Programme European Ethnology".