Doctoral Programme Sociology

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

0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies

Study code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 365 xxx

The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. With a look at the curriculum of the doctoral programme in Sociology, you will get a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this doctoral 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 Sociology, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The 2009W curriculum currently applies to the doctoral programme in Sociology.

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 Modules15 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 145 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation Project10 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence5 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 topic has to be chosen from the field of sociology. 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 Modules20 ECTS-Credits
At least one module out of "Going Public": Journal Articles10 ECTS-Credits Contributions to edited volumes10 ECTS-Credits Conference Presentation5 ECTS-Credits At least one module out of "Disciplinary Competence": Theoretical and Meta-Theoretical Reflexivity5 ECTS-Credits Methods and Techniques of Social Research5 ECTS-Credits More possible modules: Generic Skillsmax. 10 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
1EXCELLENT: Outstanding performance 57.2= 100%
2 GOOD: Generally good, but with some errors 23.6
3SATISFACTORY: Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 13.7
4SUFFICIENT: Performance meets the minimum criteria 5.5
5INSUFFICIENT: 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. Bernhard Weicht

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

Information for students with disabilities
Disability Office

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