Hungarian and Finno-Ugrian Studies (Master)

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The aim of the master's degree in Hungarian Studies and Finno-Ugric Studies is to train scientists and experts in language and cultural research and cultural mediation who apply their qualifications in various areas of science and culture, administration and business, or who are scientists in the framework of the doctoral program can further qualify. Depending on the specialization (Hungarian Studies or Finno-Ugric Studies), the scientific and didactic focus of the course lies on the literary, cultural and / or linguistic issues of the Hungarian-speaking cultural area or in the broader sense of the Finno-Ugric (Ural) speaker communities and their cultures.

The students will be able to handle the language, texts and verbal cultural forms scientifically, not only in the traditional written forms but also in digital environments. Understanding of the linguistic and cultural diversity and the central importance of language and cultural contacts plays a fundamental role in both specialisations.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme: 066 684

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



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

Students have to choose one of the following two specialisations within the master's programme: either Hungarian Studies (literary studies) or Finno-Ugric Studies (linguistics).

To complete the degree, a master's thesis is written and a master's examination is held.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Komi
  • Agglutination
  • Uralic studies
  • Phonology and morphology

... 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, publishers and media
  • educational institutions
  • research and university institutions
  • international institutions and NGOs.

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: 1.2 (excellent)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.8 (high)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 6 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 Finno-Ugrian Studies 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".