Japanology (Master)

People at Shinjuku Station.

© Florian Purkarthofer

The master’s programme in Japanology aims at preparing students for a thorough examination of modern and contemporary Japan from the perspectives of social science and cultural studies. The investigation of current social and cultural issues, tendencies and phenomena in the area of Japanology is based on sound knowledge of Japanese language and scripts. In addition to specialised knowledge of regional studies, the master’s programme also equips students with specialised knowledge of history of science and theoretical-methodological competences. Therefore, graduates are able to communicate these areas of specialisation in a sophisticated manner both orally and in writing, and conduct independent academic research on selected thematic areas.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 843

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 in Japanology comprises the compulsory module “Japanese”, a group of compulsory modules (“Social Science Research on Japan” or “Cultural Studies Research on Japan”), two modules from the group of elective modules as well as a master’s module. Classes are held in German, English and Japanese.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Japanese texts
  • Methods in research on Japan
  • Further development of Japanese language competences
  • Media and popular culture
  • Social processes in modern Japan

... 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 have intercultural competence and are able to:

  • carry out research on modern and contemporary Japanese culture and society on an advanced level;
  • identify relevant issues and deal with exemplary special topics in a systematic and comprehensive way;
  • analyse Japanese primary sources and critically and competently understand and analyse academic secondary literature in German, English and Japanese;
  • understand, prepare and communicate Japan-related knowledge.

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

→ These results are based on feedback from 8 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 Japanology 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".