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European Ethnology Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master's programme in European ethnology focusses on academic development. Students develop their knowledge of theoretical and practical forms of research, argumentation and areas of application in cultural studies. They acquire the skills needed to understand, analyse and communicate cultural processes and symbols. At the same time, students develop a high level of social and cultural skills. They acquire broader, deeper and more specific knowledge of theories and methods, cultural transformation processes, the historicity of culture, local and globalised cultures and cultural studies practice. Students are trained to be able to understand and analyse culture in the context of daily reality.

The project year particularly makes this degree stand out. Students tackle topics of social and cultural relevance, using different research methods to investigate the project topic in depth. If applicable, they work in teams as well as together with local stakeholders and institutions. At the end, the results are to be published and communicated to interested members of the public (in the form of a book, an exhibition, an ethnographic film, a website...). Students are empowered to investigate different fields of research and cultural work in an independent and critical manner. They develop both academic and application-oriented competences in practical communication, media and project work.

Expected results

Graduates of the master's programme in European ethnology are proficient in research, argumentation and areas of application in the field of cultural studies. They are able to undertake qualitative, empirical research independently, as part of a project or in teams as well as to communicate complex content and results to both a specialist audience and laypersons. They can make flexible use of the knowledge they have acquired as well as their cultural competences and are able to adapt to professional requirements.


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University degree
Master of Arts „MA“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 823
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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