Doctoral Programme in Political Science

Curriculum (2009W)

Doctor of Philosophy

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Masterabschluss/equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Social and Political Science

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

0312 Political Sciences and Civics

Study code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 570 xxx

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. With a look at the curriculum of the doctoral programme in Political Science, you will get a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this Master's programme.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the doctoral programme in Political Science, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The current curriculum for the doctoral programme in Political Science is Curriculum 2009W.

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.


Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

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 10 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation Project 5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Writing and Publishing (Going Public)2,5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence 2,5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a piece of scientific work 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 manner. The dissertation topic is to be chosen from the field of political science. 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.
Elective Modules 10 ECTS-Credits
Elective Modules, equal to 20 ECTS-Credits, must be completed. Research Designs and Methods I5 ECTS-Credits Research Designs and Methods II5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Writing and Presentation I5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Writing and Presentation II5 ECTS-Credits Current Discussions in Political Science I5 ECTS-Credits Current Discussions in Political Science II5 ECTS-Credits PhD Seminar I5 ECTS-Credits PhD Seminar II5 ECTS-Credits Generic Skills5 ECTS-Credits

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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 63.8= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 27.2
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 7.4
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 1.6
 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).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Universitätsstraße 15

Associate Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Eder

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wilhelmus Johannes Gerardus Uunk

Informations for students with disabilities
Disability Office

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