Ethnology (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

It is recommended that students begin their studies in the winter semester.

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Ethnology (B.A.)


Department of Ethnology and African Studies


Faculty 07: History and Cultural Studies


The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

In the Master's degree course, students consider the subjects, theories and methods of Ethnology at an advanced level while independently working on a research project that looks in depth at a topic and a region. They will also plan and undertake a research trip and process, analyze, interpret and present the findings gained on the trip. The research focus of the Department of Ethnology is on the Sub-Saharan region of Africa, and covers a wide range of themes such as political, religious and economic ethnological aspects, development, ethnicity, colonialism, media, migration and diaspora while not forgetting African literature, music and popular culture. Students on the M.A. degree course are thus free to design the content of their research project, which can focus on Africa, other non-European regions or even have a more local emphasis, and to determine the form of the course in general. Regardless of the content and regional specialization, the degree course will provide students with the theoretical and methodological skills to examine human activities in all regions of the globe.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

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