Tibetology and Buddhist Studies (Master)

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The master’s programme in Tibetology and Buddhist Studies investigates the cultural and social developments in Tibet and their pre-modern prerequisites in the area of history of philosophy and religion, history, history of literature, social and cultural anthropology and history of arts from a philological perspective. In addition, the master’s programme explores the diversity and historical development of the religious and philosophic traditions of Buddhism in the past and present, with a particular focus on the philosophical and religious schools and traditions. Furthermore, it focuses on the interdependencies between these traditions and other traditions with which Buddhism came in contact over the course of its development and spread, as well as on the role of Buddhism in cultural contexts, such as literature, science, (regional) history, politics, society and arts.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 698

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 on the following subjects:

Philology and methodology; text hermeneutics; alternative compulsory modules (introduction to another language of the Buddhist cultural region; advanced language acquisition); Tibetan studies and Buddhist studies; philosophical and religious traditions of Tibet and Buddhism; literature, history and culture of Tibet and Buddhism; master’s module on Tibetan studies and Buddhist studies; master’s thesis and master’s examination.

Five Concepts

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

  • Classical Tibetan
  • Sanskrit
  • Philology
  • Pali
  • Literary genres

 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 work in a wide range of occupational areas: university and non-university teaching and research institutions, museums and libraries in the area of culture and education, publishing, journalism and media, diplomatic service and development cooperation, tourism, and other professions that require sound academic knowledge and intercultural sensitivity and openness in relation to Tibet and Buddhism.

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