Doctor of Philosophy Programme Philosophy


As of winter semester 2014/2015 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding doctoral programme please consult this page »

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study

Admission Requirements 
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent

Faculty of Philosophy and History

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)

Study Code
C 094 xxx | C 794 540 xxx

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)


Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Philosophy requires a university (diploma or) master's degree in a thematically relevant field. Master's or diploma degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") are considered on an individual basis.

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules 36 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 120 ECTS-AP
Reflection on Methods  2 ECTS-Credits Generic Skills 10 ECTS-Credits Interdisciplinary Forum for PhD Candidates 4 ECTS-Credits Reflection on Research  5 ECTS-Credits The Humanities and Society  2 ECTS-Credits Seminars for PhD Candidates in Philosophy 8 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence  5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a piece of scientific work which – in contrast to a diploma or master thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way. The dissertation topic has to be chosen from the field of philosophy. In addition, interdisciplinary topics are possible. 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. Prior to beginning the work, the student has to communicate the dissertation topic and the names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. 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.
Elective Module 24 ECTS-Credits
One elective modules must be chosen.

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 68.4= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 25.0
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 5.3
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 1.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

March 2019

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).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d

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