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Master programme African Studies

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The master's programme in African Studies aims to deepen the students' knowledge of the methods, theories and content related to African studies. Students will gain specialised knowledge in African languages, history and literature. They will be able to interpret developments in society in a linguistic and historical context and to work on subject-related questions in an academic way. The students will develop their theoretical-methodical and social sciences skills. Graduates will be qualified for occupations in teaching and research at universities and other academic institutions, planning and organisation of scientific events as well as the conception and evaluation of development policy-related and humanitarian projects.

Higher education institution:
Universität Wien
Group of fields of study:
Degree programme:
African Studies
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

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Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
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published in the:
MBl. 2015/16, Stk. 43 (Nr. 287)

Definition of the field of studies

The degree programme in African Studies deals with the societies of Africa with regard to culture, languages, history and literature. A special focus will be on the African diaspora and the role of Africa in the global context.


The master's programme consists of the following modules: Basic module (data collection and data processing, writing and editing of texts, presentations), specialisation module (here students can choose between African linguistics and African history). Within the framework of the specialisation in linguistics, linguistic structures are examined with regard to time and space. Language is examined in the context of politics, education, culture and communication. The specialisation in history conveys a holistic view on African history through the establishment of relationships between regional, topic-related and global aspects. As part of the specialisation students have to choose a master's module and write an independent academic master's thesis. It is recommended to spend part of the specialisation module at a recognised university abroad.

Entrance examinations


Supplementary examinations