European Ethnology (Master)

En Bild der Hanuschgasse 3 in 1010 Wien, in welchem sich das Institut für Europäische Ethnologie befindet.

Hanuschgasse 3, Institut für Europäische Ethnologie. Foto: Wikimedia/Buchhändler. GNU FDL vers. 1.2

The master’s programme in European Ethnology equips students with knowledge of the historical context and present dispositions of daily practice and cultural manifestations in European societies. In addition, it provides them with competences in theory-based specialist methodology and scientific working skills. Developing own research questions and dealing with them independently is one of the key characteristics of the master’s programme, which aims at further developing students’ research competences and qualifying them for future employment.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 823

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 modules covering the following subject areas: materiality – communication – action; culture – history – habitat: cities and regions in Europe; culture – history – society: life styles and concepts of meaning; cultures of knowledge – ethnography – disciplinarity; museology and the public; and research. 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):

    • Culture and region
    • Ethnography and epistemology
    • Historicity
    • Knowledge (research) and representation
    • Culture theories

       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:

      • museums and archives
      • advertising agencies, publishing, media
      • educational institutions
      • NGOs
      • research and university institutions
      • international institutions.

        Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

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