Indo-European Studies and Historical Linguistics (Master)

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The master’s programme in Indo-European Studies and Historical Linguistics at the University of Vienna is an advanced education for academics in the field of historical comparative analysis, philological investigation of typical ancient Indo-European languages as well as the reconstruction of their preliminary stages that cannot be determined historically. The master’s programme in Indo-European Studies and Historical Linguistics is the only degree programme of its kind in Austria. It can look back on a tradition of almost two hundred years and is not only a model for methodology in linguistics, but also one of its essential components to better understand the development of human culture and communication from a universal historical perspective.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 599

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 Indo-European Studies and Historical Linguistics consists of five compulsory modules on theories of language change, history and methodology of historic comparative linguistics, comparative Indo-European grammar and historical grammar of ancient Indian, as well as a research seminar for master’s students. In addition, the programme comprises three groups of elective modules covering the subject areas of theory of grammar and cognitive linguistics, historical grammar of Greek and Latin and historical grammar of an additional Indo-European language. To successfully complete the master’s programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

mit denen Sie sich im Studium auseinandersetzen (Beispiele):

  • Universal historic perspective
  • Morphology and syntax
  • Pre-historic language stages
  • Balto-Slavic languages
  • Tocharian

 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 of the master’s programme have acquired knowledge of comparative grammar and the history and philology of selected Indo-European languages. Moreover, they are familiar with the investigation and description of historically documented language stages as well as the reconstruction of prehistoric language stages that cannot be historically determined. Graduates have gained insight into the mechanisms of language change, both from an empirical perspective as well as from a typological and general linguistic perspective.

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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