Bachelor's Programme German Philology

As of winter semester 2015/2016 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding bachelor’s programme please consult this page »

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)
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code C 033 617
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2009W)*
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
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 (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.

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

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
= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: WS 2017/2018

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).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(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 Written Language (PM 10 lit. a/1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. SL Introduction to interpreting literary texts (PM 17 lit. b/1 hour/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: Fundamentals of Philological-Cultural Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Literary Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Competence of Writing
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Linguistics of Writing
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Literary Analysis and Interpretation

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Linguistics
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History I
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Competence of Communication
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Linguistics of Speaking
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Contemporary Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Media Science

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Cultural Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History II
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Structural Linguistics
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Literature and Literary Life
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Linguistics of Media and Communication
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Historical Linguistics
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: History of German Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Old History of Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Gender Studies
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Contemporary Language
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Literary Conveyance
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Communication and Culture
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Sixth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: World Languages
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fields of Literary Conveyance
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Bachelor Programme German Philologys

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.

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