History of Art (Master)

Entrance to the department for Art History.

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Graduates of this master’s programme are familiar with the scope and methods of the discipline and are able to carry out independent research in the field of art history, going beyond the level acquired during the bachelor’s programme. They are able to define topics of art history in a meaningful way, formulate research questions and hypotheses, define the objectives of their academic research and achieve these objectives by critically analysing the relevant specialist literature.

Students have to complete courses in the following areas:

  • Medieval art history (late antiquity/Middle Ages)
  • Early modern art history (early modern period)
  • Modern art history (modern period
  • Contemporary art
  • Central European art history
  • Byzantine art history
  • Islamic art history
  • Asian art history

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 835

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*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 eleven compulsory modules: Specialisation I-III, field trips “Austria in its Historical Context” and “Beyond Austria”, Practical Applications of History of Art and Architecture, Methods/Theory, Emphasis: History of Art and Architecture, Individual Focus, as well as the compulsory modules Master’s Thesis and the Colloquium for Master’s Students.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Reception of images
  • Art literature
  • Field trip
  • Contemporary art
  • Curate

... 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 specialised knowledge and intellectual competences acquired during the master's programme qualify students for activities in academia or for activities that require academic expertise:

  • at universities and research institutions
  • at museums, galleries and in the area of communication of the arts
  • in the area of art criticism
  • in the area of monument preservation and cultural heritage protection
  • in art trade
  • in publishing
  • in cultural management
  • at archives
  • in the area of cultural policy.

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

→ These results are based on feedback from 63 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 History of Art 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. € 2,409 gross/month.
  • 35% of graduates work in 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 of Art".