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Bachelor's Programme Philosophy

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
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 0223 Philosophy and Ethics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 033 541
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W)*
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 (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)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

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

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

  1. SL Introduction to Philosophy (compulsory module 1 lit. a, 2 hrs., 2 ECTS- Credits),
  2. VO Philosophical Logic and Argumentation (compulsory module 1 lit. b, 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 as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Theses.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified 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 Philosophy (PM 1 lit. a/2 hours/5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Philosophical Logic and Argumentation (PM 1 lit. b/2 hours/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 »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Epistemology I or Metaphysics and Ontology I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Ethics I or Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy I
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophy (a) or (c)

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophy (b) or (d)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophy (c) or (a)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Metaphysics and Ontology I or Epistemology I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Social Philosophy and Political Philosophy I or Ethics I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fourth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophy (d) or (b)
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor's Thesis

Sixth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Grafische Darstellung »

Studienverlauf BA Philosophie_Stand 01.10.2015_en 

Qualification Profile and Skills

The bachelor's programme introduces to the field of philosophy and its branches. Students are made familiar with philosophical concepts, questions and theories and have a general overview of the philosophical disciplines as well as in-depth knowledge of selected branches. They learn developments and connections in terms of the history of ideas and culture and reflect on philosophical questions of being human and on the ethical, epistemological, socio-philosophical and metaphysical foundations of our society, our culture and the sciences. Apart from philosophical expertise, the Bachelor’s Programme in Philosophy also conveys a wide range of general skills applicable to different occupational fields. These include: recognizing problems and solving them methodically; independently accessing new and unusual fields of activity; analyzing, criticizing, comparing and revising different points of view; appropriately arranging and systematizing a variety of texts and materials; expressing oneself precisely in writing; clearly presenting ideas in presentations; convincingly arguing in discussions; understanding empty phrases and ideological delusions; using moderation and presentation techniques reasonably; deciding and acting in a socially and ethically competent manner.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in all fields of philosophy and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills and key competences such as willingness to receive criticism, ability to discuss and ethical reasoning.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Apart from activities in educational and research institutions, there are occupational opportunities in different areas such as in the cultural and social sector, media, politics and economy.

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

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

Examinationn Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Oberprantacher, MA

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

Informationen für Studierende mit Behinderung 

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