Social and Cultural Anthropology (Master)

Market in Kasba Tadla, Morocco.

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The master’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims at expanding and complementing students’ academic competences to prepare them for future employment. Graduates are qualified to develop and carry out research projects independently or in teams, and to work in a wide range of occupational fields that deal with the reception, analysis, preparation, presentation and implementation of research results.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 810

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 comprises modules on the following subject areas: methods, theories, regional fields of research, thematic fields of research 1; alternatively: thematic fields of research 2 or language and interdisciplinary regional competences, research design and practical skills, and anthropological laboratories. In addition, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Field study
  • Ethnography
  • Minorities
  • Regional research
  • Colonialism

... 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 occupational fields:

  • teaching at universities, universities of applied sciences and in adult education
  • drawing up regional expert reports relating to international cooperation, development cooperation, and culture and technology transfer
  • providing intercultural expertise, e.g. in the area of migration, intercultural health and medicine, or in operations of NGOs and international missions
  • analysing communication between different groups (e.g. business anthropology, consulting, conflict management)
  • matters of “customary law”.

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: 2.3 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.1 (appropriate)

→ These results are based on feedback from 34 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 Social and Cultural 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 ...

  • 74% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,998 gross/month.
  • 22% of graduates work in each of the social work activities sector and 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 "Social and Cultural Anthropology".