German Philology (Master)

Library of German philology.

The master’s programme in German Philology builds on a bachelor’s programme and aims at equipping students with the necessary competences for academic work in the area of German philology (medieval German literature, modern German literature, linguistics). The master’s programme places a clear focus on research and theory. Students acquire advanced academic knowledge in the area of German literature from its beginnings to the present and in the area of German linguistics. The programme deals with subject areas, such as: cultures and identities in Europe, in particular the typology and interdependence of German literature in a European context; the systemic and functional dimension of linguistic communication, with particular focus on the socio-historic dimension of language varieties; or aesthetic communication in intermedial contexts.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 817

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.

Admission Procedure

Admission procedure

Admission requirement:

Information on Previous Studies:

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Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of a group of elective modules, three alternative compulsory modules, four compulsory modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination. It encompasses the subject areas of medieval German literature, modern German literature and linguistics.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Linguistics
  • Comparative literature
  • Rhetoric
  • History of language
  • Middle ages

... 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 make independent contributions to the academic discourse in the area of German studies. The degree programme prepares students for a job in academia and qualifies them for a profession in a range of occupational fields without a clearly defined job profile.

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: 2.2 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.5 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 55 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 German 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 ...

  • 70% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,462 gross/month.
  • 27% of the 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 "MA German Philology".