Social and Cultural Anthropology (Master)

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The master’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology aims at expanding and complementing students’ academic competences to prepare them for future employment. Graduates of the master’s programme in Social and Cultural Anthropology are qualified to develop and carry out research projects independently or in teams, and to work in a wide range of occupational fields that deal with the reception, analysis, preparation, presentation and implementation of research results.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 810

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 comprises modules on the following subject areas: methods, theories, regional fields of research, thematic fields of research 1; alternatively: thematic fields of research 2 or language and interdisciplinary regional competences, research design and practical skills, and anthropological laboratories. 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):

  • Field study
  • Ethnography
  • Minorities
  • Regional research
  • Colonialism



 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 occupational fields:

  • teaching at universities, universities of applied sciences and in adult education
  • drawing up regional expert reports relating to international cooperation, development cooperation, and culture and technology transfer
  • providing intercultural expertise, e.g. in the area of migration, intercultural health and medicine, or in operations of NGOs and international missions
  • analysing communication between different groups (e.g. business anthropology, consulting, conflict management)
  • matters of “customary law”.

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