Arab World Studies (Master)

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Graduates of this master’s programme have philological knowledge of the complex structures of the Arabic language in all its facets, with a focus on the spoken Arabic dialects and the language commonly used in modern media. Depending on their individual specialisation, graduates are also familiar with older language forms and other Afro-Asian languages, or have specialised in the languages and cultures of ancient and modern South Arabia.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 676

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 (common core), groups of alternative compulsory modules (to choose from: specialisations in religion or politics, Arabic language or language and culture of South Arabia), elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination.

Five concepts

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

  • Studies of ancient South Arabia
  • Dialectology
  • Calligraphy
  • Media and media language
  • Religion

 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:

  • academia – teaching and research
  • media sector
  • diplomatic service
  • national and international public administration organisations
  • as teachers at adult education institutions
  • as employees at companies with clients in the Arab world
  • social work and work for NGOs
  • Austrian institutions working with foreigners and integration
  • cultural management
  • administration and public relations at institutions in the academic and cultural sector (archives, libraries, museums, tourism, media)

In addition, graduates are qualified to work in other occupational fields that require profound knowledge of the Arab cultural area and the Arabic language.

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