German Philology (Master)

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The master’s programme in German Philology builds on a bachelor’s programme and aims at equipping students with the necessary competences for academic work in the area of German philology (medieval German literature, modern German literature, linguistics). The master’s programme places a clear focus on research and theory. Students acquire advanced academic knowledge in the area of German literature from its beginnings to the present and in the area of German linguistics. The programme deals with subject areas, such as: cultures and identities in Europe, in particular the typology and interdependence of German literature in a European context; the systemic and functional dimension of linguistic communication, with particular focus on the socio-historic dimension of language varieties; or aesthetic communication in intermedial contexts.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 817

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 in German Philology consists of a group of elective modules, three alternative compulsory modules, four compulsory modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination. It encompasses the subject areas of medieval German literature, modern German literature and linguistics.

Five Concepts

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

  • Linguistics
  • Comparative literature
  • Rhetoric
  • History of language
  • Middle ages

 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 make independent contributions to the academic discourse in the area of German studies. The degree programme prepares students for a job in academia and qualifies them for a profession in a range of occupational fields without a clearly defined job profile.

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.

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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).

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