Tibetology and Buddhist Studies (Master)

Photo collage of Tibetan and Buddhist architecture, art, sculptures and texts.

© Unversität Wien / Institut für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde

The master’s programme in Tibetology and Buddhist Studies investigates the cultural and social developments in Tibet and their pre-modern prerequisites in the area of history of philosophy and religion, history, history of literature, social and cultural anthropology and history of arts from a philological perspective. In addition, the master’s programme explores the diversity and historical development of the religious and philosophic traditions of Buddhism in the past and present, with a particular focus on the philosophical and religious schools and traditions. Furthermore, it focuses on the interdependencies between these traditions and other traditions with which Buddhism came in contact over the course of its development and spread, as well as on the role of Buddhism in cultural contexts, such as literature, science, (regional) history, politics, society and arts.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 698

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: bilingual (German & English)

NO entrance examination


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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 modules on the following subjects:

Philology and methodology; text hermeneutics; alternative compulsory modules (introduction to another language of the Buddhist cultural region; advanced language acquisition); Tibetan studies and Buddhist studies; philosophical and religious traditions of Tibet and Buddhism; literature, history and culture of Tibet and Buddhism; master’s module on Tibetan studies and Buddhist studies; master’s thesis and master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Classical Tibetan
  • Sanskrit
  • Philology
  • Pali
  • Literary genres

... 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 work in a wide range of occupational areas: university and non-university teaching and research institutions, museums and libraries in the area of culture and education, publishing, journalism and media, diplomatic service and development cooperation, tourism, and other professions that require sound academic knowledge and intercultural sensitivity and openness in relation to Tibet and Buddhism.

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.

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".