Evolutionary Anthropology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Evolutionary Anthropology aims at providing a comprehensive academic education in the discipline and in at least two of the following specialisations: human evolution, human behavioural biology, human ecology, as well as the life history of Homo sapiens and its phylogenetic predecessors. Graduates are able to apply and interpret quantitative methods correctly in an academic context and are well-informed about current controversies in anthropology.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 827

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 compulsory modules and elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination: a group of compulsory modules covering the basics of anthropology, and practical training in anthropology; a group of elective modules (students have to select 2): Human Evolution, Human Behavioural Biology, Human Ecology, Human Life History, Quantitative Methods in Anthropology and Biometry; and the compulsory module Individual Specialisation. 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:

  • Human evolution
  • Human ecology
  • Life history research
  • Behavioural biology
  • Biometrics

... 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

The acquired competences enable graduates of the master’s programme to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • academic work at universities, museums, collections and private research institutions
  • independent participation in research projects and research documentation
  • leading positions in private research and science management
  • counselling activities in the research sector
  • archaeological monument conservation (excavation planning, work and management)
  • medical and pharmaceutical research
  • leading positions and scientific services in public administration on a national or international level.

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: 1.9 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.2 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 18 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 evolutionary 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 ...

  • 72% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,831 gross/month.
  • 15% of graduates work in the tertiary/post-secondary 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 "MA Biology".