African Studies (Master)

The master’s programme in African Studies aims at equipping students with profound knowledge and a critical approach to theories, methods and contents of the discipline. Graduates of the master’s programme have specialist knowledge and key competences in a variety of subject areas, including African languages and literatures, as well as history and societies of Africa. In addition to extending the knowledge of theories and methods, students have the opportunity to specialise in specific subject areas and develop social scientific competences (so-called Gestaltungskompetenz). Furthermore, they acquire the necessary skills to put social developments into a global context, enabling them to correlate different processes and phenomena.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 897

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 African Studies requires students to complete a basic module and a compulsory module. Moreover, they can choose one of the following three groups of compulsory modules: African Linguistics, African Literatures, and African History and Societies. The Basic Module is the foundation for any of the selected alternative group of compulsory modules. To complete the programme, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination. We advise students to complete parts of the alternative group of compulsory modules during a stay abroad.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Languages
  • Postcolonialism
  • Societies
  • Global ties
  • Diaspora

... and many more.

 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

  • teach and conduct research at universities and other institutions in research, academia and adult education
  • plan, organise and implement academic or cultural events; work in public relations; manage institutions (archives, libraries, museums, media, tourism); work for publishing houses or for literary societies
  • independently design, supervise and evaluate humanitarian and development policy projects in the governmental and non-governmental sector, both on a national and international level (non-governmental organisations, foreign ministries, EU organisations, UN organisations)
  • carry out academic, administrative or political work for international bodies
  • work in an advisory or leading position in the economic sector.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).