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Bachelor's Programme German Philology

Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 033 617
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2015W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
Supplemental examination Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the Curriculum (2015W)

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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. SL Introduction to Studying German Philology I: Modern German Literary Studies (CM1a/1 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Introduction to Studying German Philology II: Linguistics (CM1b/1 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Fundamentals of Cultural Studies (CM8/2 hrs. /5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. SL Introduction to Studying German Philology I: Modern German Literary Studies (2.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Introduction to Studying German Philology II: Linguistics (2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Foundations of Studying German
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Modern German Literary Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Cultural Studies
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Elective Module

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Media Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Writing and Communication Skills
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Linguistic Structures
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Theory of Literature and Methods of Literary Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Elective Module

Third Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Modern German Literary Studies I
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Conveyance of Literature
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Fields of Linguistics
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Aquisition and Language Usage
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Modern German Literary Studies II
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Medieval German
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Elective Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fifth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Intercultural Communication
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Language Analysis
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Medieval German Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Advanced Topics in Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Revision Course: Reading List
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Sixth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Subject-Specific Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_BA Germanistik_Stand 01.10.2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The objective of the Bachelor's Programme German Philology is scientific examination of German language and literature, its development and functions in present and history as well as the cultural, social and anthropological-symbolic processes they are embedded in. Thus, language and literature are to be understood as comprehensive cultural phenomena which help to recognise, understand and form them and foster reflection about social and cultural processes, also in view of future development; a special emphasis is put on the gender aspects which also characterise language and literature in our culture. Thus, besides sound knowledge of historical, systematic and pragmatic aspects of language and literature and an insight into conveyance of literature in practice, knowledge of the media, their structures, action mechanisms and creative possibilities require considerable space within the Bachelor's Programme in German Philology.

Studying the fundamentals and characteristics of oral and written communication and acquisition of high level oral and written language skills are other high priority objectives. As completion of the study programme is prerequisite for further scientific study programmes, teaching is scientific-based with a large diversity of theory; however, profession-relevant components in terms of practice-orientation and thus issues of teaching language and literature are also highly considered.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields of language and literature and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills and key competences such as good verbal and written expression, aesthetic sensitivity and critical faculty.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor's Programme German Philology qualifies graduates for all occuptional fields of cultural life. They are prepared for a wide range of activities and careers in publishing, media, bookstores, public libraries, proofreading and editorial work, journalistic and publishing activities in print media, radio, television and new media as well as in public relations or in the tourism industry.

In additon to activities in cultural administration and mediation, the study programme prepares for occupational fields in international cultural and educational change or in public and private adult education as well as in public relations.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance
30.1 TAB
= 100%
 2  GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Elisabeth De Felip-Jaud

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

Information for students with disabilities 

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