Doctoral Programme Humanities and Cultural Studies

Curriculum (2014W)

Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.)

Duration/ ECTS-Credits
6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study

German/ English

Admission Requirements 
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Philosophy and History

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQF/NQF: Level 8

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Study Code
UC 796 503 xxx

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Information on the Curriculum (2014W)

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.


Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent:

  • Diploma Programme Ancient History
  • Diploma Programme History
  • Diploma Programme Archaeological Studies
  • Diploma Programme Art History
  • Diploma Programme Music Studies
  • Diploma Programme Philosophy (Faculty of Philosophy and History)
  • Diploma Programme Philosophy (Faculty of Catholic Theology)
  • Diploma Programme Ancient Oriental Philology
  • Diploma Programme Ancient History
  • Diploma Programme European Ethnolog
  • Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject History, Social Studies and Political Education
  • Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject Philosophy, Pedagogics and Psychology
  • Teacher Training Programme with Diploma Thesis - Subject Psychology and Philosophy

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

With the exception of § 64 par. 5 UG 2002, the general university entrance qualification for admission to a doctoral programme shall be demonstrated by the completion of a relevant diploma programme or master's programme or another relevant programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. To compensate for substantial subject-related differences, supplementary examinations may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the doctoral degree programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules 30 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Dissertational Concept 5 ECTS-Credits Generic Skills 5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Basics/Core Skills of the Thesis Topic 5 ECTS-Credits Participation in Scientific Discourse 5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Seminar 5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence 5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is an academic thesis which – in contrast to a diploma or master‘s thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way. The dissertation topic must be chosen from a field closely connected to the study programme passed for being admitted to the doctoral programme. The following fields can be selected: Ancient History, Ancient Oriental Studies, Archaeological Studies, European Ethnology, History, Art History, Music Studies or Philosophy. The student has to propose a team of supervisors consisting of at least two people (dissertation committee) and to nominate one of them as the supervisor mainly responsible. It is permissible to propose supervisors (with the exception of the main supervisor) from subject-related fields. In justifiable exceptional cases it is possible for students to propose only one supervisor. The student has to communicate the dissertation topic and the names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies prior to beginning the work. Topic and supervisors are considered as accepted, if the Director of Studies does not veto them by means of a decree within one month after the receipt of the proposal.

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates have comprehensive and specialized knowledge in the fields of their research discipline and are also familiar with related fields of knowledge. They have the necessary knowledge as well as the skills and competences to independently and methodologically find and realize solutions to subject-specific questions of their research discipline.

Graduates are able to contribute to and to assess the scientific development of their research area and can use their acquired competences interdisciplinary in order to contribute to a progress in research on an international level.

Graduates have the competence to independently add to their knowledge and understanding of their research field and related research fields. The have scientific key competences that are well-based and supported by theoretic knowledge and methodology and are able to critically reflect on research results and to interpret them in relation to social, scientific or ethnical aspects.

Graduates are able to work in planning and analysis-related professions at universities as well as non-academic research institutions of their research area. Possible professions include scientific and managing jobs in private and public businesses and institutions, in particular research and lecturing at universities and other national and international research institutions.

The Doctoral Programme of Philosophy aims at further developing the students’ competences for conducting independent scientific work and to train and promote junior academics.

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates are qualified junior academics. They have mastered the methods applied in research in their area and are capable of critically discussing, analyzing, and further developing theories. Junior academics possess the competence to develop and conduct substantial research projects with scientific integrity, and they are qualified to reflect on these processes scientifically and theoretically.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Doctoral Programme Philosophy trains philosophers for research and lecturing in university and university-related institutions and highly-qualified junior academics for other leading positions.

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.

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  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 82.6= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 12.5
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 4
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 0.9
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  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).

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