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Bachelor's Programme Political Science

Faculty Faculty of Social and Political Science
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 0312 Political Sciences and Civics
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 624
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum 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 Bulletin » (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. VO Fundamentals of Political Science (CM 1 lit. a, 4 hrs., 7.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Scientific Working Skills in Political Science (CM 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 Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 17.5 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 subjets.

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

  1. SL Introduction to the Techniques of Social Science Research (2 hours, 5 ECTS-Credits)
  2. VO Introduction to Political Science (4 hours, 10 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 Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) and to write bachelor's theses 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 »

12,5 ECTS-AP: Introduction to Political Science
10,0 ECTS-AP: Applied Methods of Social Science
  5,0 ECTS-AP: Political Theories and Gender Studies » continue second semester

Second Semester »

  5,0 ECTS-AP: Political Theories and Gender Studies
10,0 ECTS-AP: Statistics
10,0 ECTS-AP: Comparative Politics - Introductory Level
  7,5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: European Integration and Political Theories - Introductory Level
10,0 ECTS-AP: Political System of Austria - Introductory Level
10,0 ECTS-AP: International Relations - Introductory Level

Fourth Semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: Political Communication and Electoral Analysis - Introductory Level
10,0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
  10,0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

5,0 ECTS-AP: Political Education
10,0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
5,0 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis » continue sixth semester

Sixth Semester »

10,0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10,0 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis

Graphic chart »


Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor's Programme Political Science, grouped among the social and economic sciences, offers vocational preparation for the social sciences, conferring the degree of Bachelor of Arts upon completion. The goal of the bachelor's programme is to provide graduates problem-solving skills based on scientific theories and methods.

The bachelor's programme equips students with current and practical knowledge of national and international political systems and enables them to analyze such systems. Special attention is paid to sustainable social competences, the ability to work in teams, and the written and verbal presentation of results.

The Bachelor's Programme Political Science covers 180 ECTS-Credits, corresponding to a duration of six semesters. During this time, mandatory and elective modules, consisting of lectures (VO), introductory seminars (PS) and seminars (SE), are to be completed. After an introductory period, focusing on  fundamental aspects of academic work, students acquire broad insight into the field of political science through introductory and advanced courses. Special attention is paid to areas such as European integration, comparison of political systems, gender research, political and social theories, the Austrian political system, media and communication, and international politics. Moreover, the bachelor's programme offers the opportunity to do an internship and to reflect on this internship in a course. To successfully complete the degree programme, students are also required to write two bachelor's theses associated with two seminars in the advanced modules. The workload of each thesis amounts to fifteen ECTS-Credits.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have demonstrated knowledge of their understanding of political science and related fields. They are able to use this knowledge to develop scientifically sound solutions to practical problems, to assess and implement such solutions, and to apply their qualifications in a wide variety of occupational fields. They possess social competences, teamwork abilities, presentation and moderations skills, etc.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Political Science find positions in public administration; in political institutions and organizations; in public relations; in the media; in national, international and non-governmental organizations; and in university and non-university research capacities. Have a look at some of our former students and their careers.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Complementary Subject Area

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

More information and a list of possible Complementary Subject Areas can be found at:

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

March 2019

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)

Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Eder

Information for students with disabilities

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