Curriculum - Academic Assessment and Requirements


Term Paper
During the preparatory online seminar of the First Modular Period students complete a research paper of 25-30 pages, dealing with the topics of the program. This term paper is due at the end of the online phase and will be assessed before the start of the presence phase.

Reading Requirements
During the presence phase students are required to complete all daily assigned readings and any other assignments as indicated by each professor. This amounts to approximately 20 pages per day.

Course papers
For each course a student enrolls in, a course essay of 8-10 pages must be completed within the relevant deadline set for this course Papers are assessed and graded by the course instructor.

Master Thesis
When the above requirements are successfully completed, MA students choose a thesis advisor from the faculty of the program. In consultation with the advisor, the student pursues a research topic for the MA thesis (150 pages). The student must present an official letter to the director, approved by the advisor, proposing a title for the thesis. Furthermore, it is mandatory that a fourth term student be inscribed also for the semester of her/his graduation as student at the University of Innsbruck. It is the responsibility of each student to contact the administration of the program in time to meet the inscription deadlines at the University of Innsbruck.
The elaboration of the thesis project will also be guided by a tutor. It is obligatory to discuss the advancement of the project with this tutor regularly. This either can be achieved in online sessions or in personal meetings. When the thesis advisor approves the final draft of the thesis, the director appoints a review committee. The committee awards the degree following the positive assessment.