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Bachelor's Programme Philosophy at Faculty of Catholic Theology 

Faculty School of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor der Philosophie (B.phil.)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0223 Philosophy and Ethics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code
UC 033 194
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2021W)*
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

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)

(1) Im Rahmen der Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase sind folgende Lehrveranstaltungsprüfungen, die zweimal wiederholt werden dürfen, abzulegen:

  1. SL Einführung in das wissenschaftliche Arbeiten (PM 1 lit. a, 1 SSt, 2 ECTS-AP),
  2. VO Critical Thinking (PM 1 b, 1SSt, 1,5ECTS-AP),
  3. VO Metaphysik Grundlagen (PM 2 lit. a, 2 SSt, 3,5ECTS-AP),
  4. VO Philosophische Anthropologie (PM 2 lit. b, 2 SSt, 3 ECTS-AP).

(2) Der positive Erfolg bei allen Prüfungen der Studieneingangs-und Orientierungsphase berechtigt zur Absolvierung der weiteren Lehrveranstaltungen und Prüfungen sowie zum Verfassen der Bachelorarbeit

(3) Vor der vollständigen Absolvierung der Studieneingangs-und Orientierungsphase können Lehrveranstaltungen im Ausmaß von 20ECTS-AP absolviert werden. Im Curriculum festgelegte Anmeldungsvoraussetzungen sind einzuhalten.

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-AP: PM Methodologie philosophisch Denkens
3,5 ECTS-AP: VO Methaphysik Grundlagen
3,0 ECTS-AP: VO Philosophische Anthropologie
3,0 ECTS-AP: VO Philosophiegeschichte der Antike und des Mittelalters
5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Sprachphilosophie
5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Wissenschaftstheorie
5,0 ECTS-AP: Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung oder Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen

Second semester »

3,5 ECTS-AP: VO Ethik Grundlagen
4,0 ECTS-AP: VU Philosophische Gotteslehre
2,0 ECTS-AP: VO Religionsphilosophie der Gegenwart
3,0 ECTS-AP: VO Philosophiegeschichte der Neuzeit
4,0 ECTS-AP: VU Klassiker der Philosophiegeschichte
5,0 ECTS-AP: VU Formale Logik
5,0 ECTS-AP: VU Interdisziplinäres Lernen
4,0 ECTS-AP: Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung oder Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen

Third semester »

2,0 ECTS-AP: VO Religionen der Welt
2,0 ECTS-AP: VO Empirische Religionsforschung
10,0 ECTS-AP: PM Psychologie und Ethik
2,0 ECTS-AP: VO Erkenntnistheorie
3,0 ECTS-AP: UE Erkenntnis- und Wissenschaftstheorie
5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Sozialphilosophie
5,0 ECTS-AP: Exemplarische Themenerschließungen: Erstes von vier Seminaren

Fourth semester »

5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Spezialthemen der gegenwärtigen Erkenntnistheorie
5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Philosophie und Gesellschaft
10,0 ECTS-AP: PM Aktuelle Fragen der Ethik und Gegenwartskultur
5,0 ECTS-AP: Exemplarische Themenerschließungen: Zweites von vier Seminaren
6,0 ECTS-AP: Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung oder Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen

Fifth semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: PM Philosophie des Geistes
5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Metaphysik und Analyse von Weltanschauungen
5,0 ECTS-AP: Exemplarische Themenerschließungen: Drittes von vier Seminaren
10,0 ECTS-AP: Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung oder Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen

Sixth Semester »

5,0 ECTS-AP: VO Aktuelle Fragen der Ontologie
5,0 ECTS-AP: Exemplarische Themenerschließungen: Drittes von vier Seminaren
15,0 ECTS-AP: SE Seminar mit Bachelorarbeit
5,0 ECTS-AP: Individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung oder Interdisziplinäre Kompetenzen

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Qualification Profile and Skills

First and foremost, philosophy is about curiosity, with a desire to understand. Pursued as an academic study programme, it helps to provide answers to basic questions about human life that people have asked themselves for thousands of years. A philosophy study programme promotes independent and critical thinking and encourages not to be satisfied with the first solution that comes up or with the one that is perhaps currently mainstream.
Philosophy also provides fundamental knowledge for other sciences, insofar as it deals with the requirements of our awareness, thinking and acting. By committing to the precise use of terms and logically stringent reasoning, it helps to bring linguistic misunderstandings and errors of thought to light. Examples of philosophical questions are: Which abilities distinguish people from other living beings? How are mind and body related? What is a good society and how does the individual’s well-being relate to the common welfare? What are the arguments for and against free will? Can we acquire certain knowledge, in the individual sciences and otherwise? What are the limits of our knowledge? What role do emotions play in our decisions? Are there general criteria for evaluating actions as good or bad? How should we behave with regard to the environment and to animals?
Is it rational to be religious? – Philosophy provides possible answers and helpful concepts from more than two and half millennia to these and other questions, but they should not be repeated without criticism – if only because they often contradict each other. But they are useful for independently developing philosophical statements that are as well-founded as possible. The Bachelor’s Programme in Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology imparts the ability and the basic methodological tools to do this.

Expected Learning Outcomes

In addition to a sound knowledge of the history of philosophy and its systematic main disciplines today, the study programme particularly imparts the ability to think analytically and to read texts from different epochs carefully, to recognise and analyse structures of reasoning critically, to develop own arguments creatively, to study new topics based on pertinent specialist literature independently, to present complex topics in an understandable way, to continue questioning and not simply being satisfied with the solutions presented.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The professional profile of graduates of philosophy programmes is less clearly defined as the one for graduates of e.g. engineering sciences, medicine or pharmacy. However, they have a variety of professional opportunities, including in the following areas: universities, journalism, media and publishing, education and advice (adult education, specialist consultants in educational institutions etc.), society, libraries, (in the South Tyrol) also as ethics and philosophy teachers at schools.
Employers generally value the philosophers’ broad general education, their analytical way of thinking and their ability to take a complex approach. It is therefore advisable to complete internships and additional training already during the study programme, e.g. in living languages, IT etc. This way more possible professional fields open up.
In addition to the independent individual study programme, philosophy is particularly recommended as supplementary study programme: We regularly have students of e.g. law, economy, medicine, theology, but also German, history, sociology and other disciplines among our graduates.

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

= 100%


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

to be updated

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 Universitsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Dr. Daniel Wehinger

Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Liborius Olaf Lumma

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