Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies (Master)

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The master’s programme in Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Vienna aims at equipping students with special methods and knowledge required for independent academic research on issues relating to Greek culture, from late antiquity to the present (history, language, literature, art). The master's programme equips students with the necessary competences for an analytical examination of complex problems in all areas of the disciplines, allowing them to broaden the competences acquired during previous bachelor’s studies. On the one hand, the master’s programme in Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek Studies allows students to gain an extensive overview of both pillars of the discipline. On the other hand, it enables students to specialise either in Byzantine Studies or in Modern Greek Studies, which is necessary not only from an academic point of view, but also for a future career.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 869

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


New Curriculum - starting winter semester 2019/20


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 Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies starts with a compulsory module Common Principles. Furthermore it consists of an alternative group of compulsory modules in which the students have to choose a focus (either Byzantine Studies or Modern Greek Studies). This module consists of alternative compulsory modules where students can either focus on foreign languages relevant to the field or select further courses according to interest. 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 (examples):

  • Sigillography
  • Reception history
  • Diplomatics
  • Palaeography
  • Modern Greek



 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 research-oriented degree programme offers a sound academic preparation for future employment. On the one hand, graduates are qualified for academic work in the area of Byzantine studies and modern Greek studies. On the other hand, the degree programme opens up possibilities for employment in all fields relating to cultural mediation, or occupational fields that require specific knowledge of the respective countries, regions and languages (Greece, the Eastern Mediterranean region, Greek as a special language and as one of the languages spoken in the EU).

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