Doctor of Philosophy Programme Psychology

Curriculum (2009W)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

Mode of Study


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

Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science

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

0313 Psychology

Study Code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 675 xxx


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 30 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Generic Skills2,5 ECTS-Credits Research Workshop I 5 ECTS-Credits Research Workshop II2,5 ECTS-Credits Presentation of own Research Results 12,5 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence7,5 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 way. The dissertation can consist of articles that are related in terms of subject matter or methods. The quality criteria mentioned in the curriculum are valid. The dissertation topic has to be chosen from one or more of the following fields: general psychology, methodology of psychology, developmental psychology, personality psychology and differential psychology, social psychology, biological psychology, applied psychology, clinical psychology, diagnostics, or psychopathology. If the articles were written by several authors, the student's own contribution must be shown clearly and added to the dissertation. 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 names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. A prospectus comprising several pages must be submitted, including the dissertation plan based on the current state of research of the chosen topic area. 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 possess a systematic understanding of their discipline and have mastered the methods applied in the field. They have excellent knowledge of the relevant literature. Through the submission of an original piece of scientific work that is fully capable of withstanding the scrutiny of colleagues, nationally and internationally, graduates have contributed to the expansion of knowledge in their discipline. They identify scientific issues and are able to analyse them critically. Graduates possess the competence to develop and conduct significant research projects with scientific integrity.

Graduates are able to promote the societal, scientific and/or cultural progress of a knowledge-based society in academic and non-academic contexts. Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Psychology are qualified to organize scientific forums, discuss findings with colleagues, students and experts, and to present findings to student and academic audiences and interested laypeople. They possess the competence to look beyond the borders of their own discipline and participate constructively in interdisciplinary discourses. The following areas of knowledge and skills are essential:

  1. Knowledge and understanding;

  2. Methodological competences;

  3. Communicative competences

  4. Competences for academic careers.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The acquired key qualifications and general abilities qualify graduates to adapt their expertise to rapidly changing demands. Graduates are capable of addressing psychological issues scientifically, meeting international subject-specific standards. In particular, graduates are able to pursue activities in teaching- and research-oriented fields.

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. They are also aware of issues and questions in gender research.

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 75.4= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 16.2
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 5.8
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 2.6
 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 Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
OR Mag. Dietmar Kratzer

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Barth, Bakk. MSc

Information for students with disabilities
Disability Office

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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