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Master's Programme European Ethnology

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code
UC 066 823
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies

  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


Relevant study programmes:

  • Cultural anthropology
  • European ethnology
  • Empirical cultural studies
  • Popular cultures

Relevant study programmes at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Methods of European Ethnology
  • 10 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Research Fields and Positions in European Ethnology

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VO European Ethnology as Cultural Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE European Ethnology as Cultural Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Reading Course: Gender – Power - Difference
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Memory, Recollection and Narration
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Memory, Recollection and Narration 
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: EX European Cultural Anthropology I
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: EX European Cultural Anthropology II

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Modernisation and Mediality
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Modernisation and Mediality
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Cultural Dynamics and Pluralisation
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Cultural Dynamics and Pluralisation
10.0 ECTS-Credits: EX Large-scale Excursion in European Cultural Anthropology

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Ethnographic Research Practices
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: UE Ethnographic Research Practices
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: VU Culture and Historicity
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: SE Culture and Historicity
10.0 ECTS-Credits:  Elective Module 1 or Elective Module 2

Fourth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master’s Thesis
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Grafic chart »

Studienverlauf_MA Europäische Ethnologie_Stand 01.10.2019_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme European Ethnology serves as education and consolidation in the discipline of European Cultural Anthropology and preparation for work with a focus on cultural sciences after other bachelor's programmes in the fields of humanities or social sciences.

The Master’s Programme European Ethnology provides the following general skills: a systematic approach to complex tasks; experienced scientific research; a creative approach to and critical handling of different and new kinds of sources (empirical and historical work). Moreover, students learn to present and explain elaborated findings autonomously, get acquainted with new topics specialised and precise proficiency in written and oral form, get knowledge in terms of elaborating different types of scientific texts.

Subject-specific skills include comprehensive knowledge of the discipline's history and the development of European Ethnology/Folklore/Cultural Anthropology; reflexivity in terms of the methodology of exploring one’s own culture; sensitisation for cultural contacts, cultural conflicts and cultural transfer; advanced knowledge if cultural processes and the impact of globalisation and Europeanization, pluralisation and modernisation.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields of cultural studies and their methods. They are able to apply their knowledge in the field of cultural studies and at the intersections of cultural and social science occupational fields by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The objective of the master’s programme is to prepare graduates for a wide range of occupational and vocational fields. They include:

  • scientific discipline
  • cultural adult and advanced education
  • documentation, museums, exhibitions
  • libraries
  • public relations
  • cultural journalism and publishing
  • cultural tourism
  • cultural politics and administration, e.g. in public service, non-governmental as well as international cultural organizations and institutions
  • (in combination with post-graduate preparatory training:) mediation, intercultural social work and cultural management

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Supplementary Programme Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 45 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Konrad Kuhn

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Information for students with disabilities

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