Anthropology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Anthropology at the University of Vienna aims at providing a comprehensive academic education in the discipline and in at least two of the following specialisations: human evolution, human behavioural biology, human ecology, as well as the life history of Homo sapiens and its phylogenetic predecessors. Graduates are able to apply and interpret quantitative methods correctly in an academic context and are well-informed about current controversies in anthropology.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 827

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

The master’s programme consists of compulsory modules and elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination: a group of compulsory modules covering the basics of anthropology, and practical training in anthropology; a group of elective modules (students have to select 2): Human Evolution, Human Behavioural Biology, Human Ecology, Human Life History, Quantitative Methods in Anthropology and Biometry; and the compulsory module Individual Specialisation. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Human evolution
  • Human ecology
  • Life history research
  • Behavioural biology
  • Biometrics

 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 acquired competences enable graduates of the master’s programme to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • academic work at universities, museums, collections and private research institutions
  • independent participation in research projects and research documentation
  • leading positions in private research and science management
  • counselling activities in the research sector
  • archaeological monument conservation (excavation planning, work and management)
  • medical and pharmaceutical research
  • leading positions and scientific services in public administration on a national or international level.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates