Japanology (Master)

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Based on sound knowledge of Japanese language and script, students of the master’s programme in Japanology deal with modern Japan from a perspective of cultural studies and social sciences. In addition to general competences in dealing with different subjects academically, students acquire the necessary skills for conducting research on Japan and/or on members of the Japanese cultural area.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 843

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 topics: pre-modern Japanese; academic Japanese texts; advanced command of Japanese; methods in research on Japan; specialised knowledge; two academic specialisations; and East Asian studies. In addition, students have to complete a research seminar for master’s students and pass a master’s examination. The Department of East Asian Studies closely cooperates with a range of Japanese universities and promotes student exchange.

Five Concepts

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

  • Japanese texts
  • Methods in research on Japan
  • Further development of Japanese language competences
  • Media and popular culture
  • Social processes in modern Japan

 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 able to communicate on a high level with members of the Japanese culture in the economic, political, cultural and academic area. Moreover, they are qualified to carry out independent research on sub-areas of Japanology, particularly on modern Japanese history, society and culture. The research-oriented degree programme provides a solid academic pre-professional education. It qualifies students for an academic profession without a pre-defined job profile and for further academic studies.

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