Study programmes listed by faculties

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» Faculty of Education
» Faculty of Engineering Sciences (formerly Faculty of Civil Engineering)
» Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
» Faculty of Humanities 1 (Philosophy and History)
» Faculty of Humanities 2 (Language and Literature)
» Faculty of Law
» Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
» Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
» School of Catholic Theology
» School of Education
» School of Management
» School of Social and Political Sciences (formerly School of Political Science and Sociology)


Faculty of Architecture

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Architecture is a fundamental part of our history and culture and represents one of the main forms of expression in daily life and advanced civillizations. Architecture is an indispensible intellectual, cultural, artistic and professional asset. As such, the study programmes offered at the Faculty of Architecture form a bridge between art and science.

In 2004, thirty-five years after an architecture study programme was first created at the University of Innsbruck, an independent Faculty of Architecture was founded. Today it comprises four Institutes: the Institute of Architectural Theory and Building History, the Institute of Design, the Institute for Experimental Architecture and the Institute of Urban Design and Regional Planning. As well as its teaching and research work, the faculty also fulfills an important advisory function for local councils and businesses. Partnerships exist with a number of renowned universities, including the RMIT in Melbourne, the ITESM in Mexico, the Bartlett School in London and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Teachers at the Faculty of Architecture are experts in their field. Both students and professors enjoy success in architecture competitions, while the core teaching staff is complemented by numerous international lecturers and guest professors.

The infrastructure available also meets international standards and includes the very latest hardware and software. The Faculty’s drawing rooms, for example, are designed to offer the best possible conditions and to encourage students to share ideas and work together. Run by professional model makers, the on-site modelling workshop enables budding architects to create scaled-down versions of their designs using wood, plastic and metal, while the libraries offer access to the latest publications on architecture and other disciplines from around the world and in a range of languages.

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School of Management

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The School of Management has a strong reputation throughout Europe as a research-driven institution for management training. It comprises five Departments – the Department of Banking and Finance; the Department of Organisation and Learning; the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation; the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism; and the Department of Information Systems, Production and Logistics Management – as well as the Business Languages Unit. Our research profile is shaped by our four research centres – Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Financial Markets and Risk, Organization Studies, and Strategic Leadership, Branding, Innovation – and the research group Services Sciences and Knowledge-Intensive Organizations. On top of that, the Faculty is the driving force behind the inter-faculty research platform Organisations and Society.

The range of study programmes on offer is unique in Austria. Students can choose from the bachelor’s programme in Management and Economics, the diploma programme in International Economics and Business Studies, six master’s programmes and the PhD programme in Management. All of the study programmes offered at the School of Management are run in close collaboration with its research centres and research groups, which in turn shape the Faculty’s research-driven teaching. Creative and innovative thinking is encouraged, with students receiving training in reflection and judgement skills designed to promote responsible management behaviour. Graduates can look forward to career opporunities with highly renowned companies and organisations at a national, European and global level.

State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities are provided, including wireless internet, a large and modern library with extended opening hours in the evenings and at weekends, and areas to meet up, chat and study together.

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Faculty of Education

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The Faculty of Educational Sciences consists of two Institutes: Educational Science (EZW) and Psychosocial Intervention and Communications Research (PsyKo). It deals with socially relevant issues concerning education, raising children, communication, learning and socialisation. In addition to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programmes in Educational Sciences, the Faculty offers university and further education courses as well as a number of apprenticeship programmes open to students from all Faculties.

Complementing its individual research projects, the Faculty’s research profile is dominated by its membership of the Education-Generation-Curriculum research centre and the Organisations and Society research platform as well as its close links to the Innsbruck Media Studies – Interdisciplnary Research project at the University of Innsbruck. The Faculty also works closely with the Gender Studies Research Platform.

When it comes to linking teaching and research, special importance is given to extending expertise in higher education didactics, especially through the development and testing of new forms of research-based teaching and learning.

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Faculty of Biology

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Its relevance to everyday life and strong capacity for innovation have made biology one of the leading scientific fields of the 21st century. It plays a key role bridging the gap to other agricultural sciences as well as medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, social sciences and information technology. This diversity is one of the declared aims of the Faculty of Biology. The structures, interactions and processes in microorganisms, plants and animals are analysed at every level, from subcellular and molecular structures through to cells, organisms, ecosystems, landscapes and societies.

The University of Innsbruck’s location means that the Faculty of Biology looks closely at many aspects of the Alpine habitat, primarily as part of the research platform Alpine Space – Man and Environment. Another of the Faculty’s areas of focus is the Center for Molecular Bioscience Innsbruck. Much of the research work carried out is multi-, inter- or transdiscipline, a fact reflected in the strong networks that have been developed with other research projects such as Ecology of the Alpine Region, Environmental Research and Biotechnology and the Mountain Agriculture Research Unit. This interdisciplinary approach also extends to partnerships with other Faculties and institutions at the University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck Medical University and many research facilities in Austria and abroad. One of our Faculty’s main strengths is its combination of fundamental research and application-oriented research.

The Faculty’s Institutes offer a bachelor’s programme in Biology, a secondary school teacher training accreditation programme for Biology and Environmental Protection, master’s programmes in Botany, Microbiology, Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity and Zoology as well as a PhD programme in Biology.

Against the backdrop of increasing specialisation in the fields of biology, we believe that our bachelor’s programme and secondary school teacher training accreditation programme should offer a general introduction to life sciences, while our five master’s programmes and one PhD programme give students the chance to deepen their knowledge in a specific area through research-driven teaching.

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The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy

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The Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy covers two dynamic, molecule-oriented sciences that are closely linked in terms of both content and methodology. It carried out interdisciplinary, chemical and pharmaceutical research in the fields of life sciences (natural and active substances, biomacromolecules), material science and nanoscience at the very highest international level. Such research also forms an important foundation for the work conducted at the Center for Molecular Biosciences (CMBI) and in the Advanced Materials research group. The Faculty is divided into seven Institutes, each of which has strong links to a number of research networks.

In 2011/2012 the Faculty moved to its new home, the Centre for Chemistry and Biomedicine (Innrain 80/82). This brand new building forms a meeting point for natural sciences researchers from the University of Innsbruck and research groups based at Innsbruck Medical University, offering lecturers and students alike the conditions and facilities necessary to achieve excellence in teaching and research.

Natural sciences are booming. With its excellent body of teaching staff and researchers, the University of Innsbruck offers clear advantages over other educational institutions.

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe


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Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

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Students with an interest in atmospheric sciences (meteorology), geosciences (geology, mineralogy) and geography, as well as those wishing to become teachers of geography and economics, will find a wide range of study programmes at the University of Innsbruck’s Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences. All three of the newly created bachelor’s programmes (Atmosphere Sciences, Geosciences and Geography) share modules with the other two programmes.

The three master’s programmes (Geosciences, Geography: Global Change – Regional Sustainability and Atmosphere Sciences) are closely linked to the Faculty’s research projects Geogene Dynamics – Geogene Materials and Global Change – Regional Sustainability as well as the Centre for Climate and Cryosphere, meaning that students are introduced to the national and international research community at an early stage, opening up excellent career prospects after graduation, especially for those who have completed a master’s programme.

Graduates of the master’s programmes can also opt to continue their university training with one of the three PhD programmes offered by the Faculty (Atmospheric Sciences, Geosciences and Geography).

With a total of around 1600 students enrolled at the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences, students enjoy excellent teaching, research and administration. The Faculty’s is responsible for a large number of widely respected international publications. As well as the research projects and centres mentioned above, researchers are also active in the interdisciplinary projects Alpine Space – Man and Environment and the research platforms Advanced Materials and Scientific Computing. Through its innovation and high-quality research the Faculty has become an important partner for businesses and public institutions.

The Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Innsbruck comprises four Institutes. Each of these Institutes focuses on issues that are of growing importance to the relationship between humans and the environment and, as such, for a sustainable development of our modern society. Thanks to its unique location, research into mountain regions plays a key role in the work of many Faculties at the University of Innsbruck, not least the Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences.

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe  


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Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics

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The Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics comprises three main fields that share many similarities when it comes to both content and methodology. As such, the Faculty acts as an organisatonal framework drawing together a wide range of research and teaching potential.

Excellent, forward-looking research combined with state-of-the-art teaching methods make the Faculty attractive for students and researchers at a national and international level. Research focuses primarily on physics and scientific computing, in particular on quantum physics, astrophysics and particle physics, ion physics and applied physics, information technology and high-performance computing. Thanks to their groundbreaking projects and pioneering work, Innsbruck’s researchers in the fields of mathematics, information technology and physics are among the world’s best.

The Faculty offers a bachelor’s programme, master’s programme, secondary school teacher accreditation programme and PhD programme in each of the three fields of mathematics, information technology and physics. Every one of these study programmes is internationally competitive and meets European standards. The Faculty also offers the AstroMundus master’s programme culminating in an internationally recognised qualification in astronomy and astrophysics as well as the Doctoral Programme Plus in Computational Interdisciplinary Modelling, which is an excellent stepping stone to a career in the international research community.

The Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics has a team of experienced lecturers and offers spacious computer rooms and laboratories with modern equipment. As well as a solid education in the most important basic knowledge, students also receive the chance to apply this expertise in a practical way. Students enrolled in one of the master’s or PhD programmes are invited to work in the Faculty’s research teams.

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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School of Social and Political Sciences
(formerly School of Political Science and Sociology)

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The Faculty of Political Science and Sociology is one of the University of Innsbruck’s centres of excellence and comprises the Department of Media, Society and Communication, Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology. It has strong internal and external research networks, including its membership of the Mountain Agriculture Research Unit, the Organisations and Society research platform (see above) and the Gender Studies Research Platform (see above).

With demand for expertise in the field of social sciences growing year on year, a research-driven institution such as the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology has diverse opportunities to raise awareness of its activities and strengthen its profile. It plays an active role in international research projects, producing high-quality publications. At the same time, the Faculty also sees itself as a platform for reflecting from a political and sociological perspective on developments in society, discussing society-relevant discourses and addressing issues related to the future of society. Research focuses on several areas, including European Governance and Civil Society (Faculty-based), Social Theory: Interdisciplinary Principles and the Research Platform Gender Studies: Identities – Discourses – Transformations (inter-faculty research platform).

When it comes to teaching, areas of particular focus include the following: political communication, European integration, comparative studies of political systems and leadership research, security studies, gender studies and social theory, social transformation and globalisation, individual and society, and empirical social research. The Faculty also offers courses in Peace Studies and participates in a number of summer schools with universities in New Orleans (USA), Trento (Italy) and Asia (China, Thailand, Phillipines, Indonesia, Vietnam). Guest professors from abroad are often invited to teach, while the Faculty runs several very popular student exchange programmes with renowned international universities.

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Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science

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Teaching and research work at the Faculty of Psychology and Sports Science focuses on physical and mental wellbeing and performance. The main aim is to produce excellent fundamental research that can be applied to everyday situations, an objective pursued as part of the research projects Alpine Sport, Emotion – Cognition – Interaction (EMKONT) and Psychology of Everyday Activity (PsyAll).

Researchers at the Institute of Sports Science work in the fields of biomechanics, sports psychology/education and sports medicine. While their research covers almost all sports, particular emphasis is placed on Alpine sports. Issues addressed include the effects of mountain-based activity on the human organism in healthy and unhealthy states, as well as ways of using scientific approaches to improve equipment and training methods. This research work, which includes intensive cooperation with other Institutes and bodies both within and beyond the University of Innsbruck, plays an integral role in the study programmes available, which include training courses forming part of the secondary school teacher accreditation programme, the bachelor’s programmes in Health and Competitive Sports and in Sports Management as well as the master’s programmes in Sports and Human Movement Science and the doctoral programme in Sport Science. The on-site Technology Center for Skiing and Alpine Sport plays a key role in coordinating research work, in particular with companies based in Tyrol, while the new Olympic Training Center provides home-grown professional athletes with top-level performance analysis and training tips.

With over 2000 students, the Institute of Psychology is one of the largest at the University of Innsbruck. The Institute has two main fields of research: clinical psychology, with a particular focus on emotion, cognition and Interaction; and work psychology and organisational psychology, where a particular focus lies on the psychology of everyday activity. Both foci combine fundamental research with application-oriented research. For example, the EMKONT research project collaborates with the Austrian Red Cross to further investigate psychology in emergency situations, while the PsyAll research project works with local companies to learn more about human psychology in work and organisation.

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The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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Faculty of Engineering Sciences (formerly Faculty of Civil Engineering)

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Faculty of Economics and Statistics

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The Faculty of Economics and Statistics is Austria’s centre for empirical and experimental research in the field of economics. The Faculty comprises three departments:

  • Department of Public Finance,
  • Department of Statistics,
  • Department of Economic Theory, Economic Policy and Economic History.

It boasts a strong international research network, focussing in particular on global economic relations, experimental economics and applied game theory. Further areas of research include environmental and regional economics as well as economic and social history.

The Faculty’s research teams are characterised by a high level of external funding, mutual appreciation and an open working climate.

The staff’s expertise and methodological competence are reflected in the range of study programmes available. As well its bachelor’s programme in Management and Economics, master’s programme in Applied Economics and a PhD programme in Economics, the Faculty also plays a leading role in the diploma programme International Economic and Business Studies. Methodological and problem-solving skills lie at the heart of all of these study programmes.

Bachelor’s students receive a broad basic training in economic sciences and have the option of specialising in either economics or business studies. Those with a keen interest in economic and social policy can select to study economics, with the master’s programme in Applied Economics giving students the chance to choose between a number of research fields.

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Faculty of Catholic Theology

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Around 700 students study at the Faculty of Catholic Theology, which is one of the University of Innsbruck’s flagship Faculties for teaching and research and has been a pillar of the academic community since the university was first founded.

“Religion – topic of the future!” Driven by this motto, the Faculty of Catholic Theology shapes its research to meet the need in society for guidance, religious dialogue and a strengthening of religion’s role in sociey. Instead of excluding the church from this research, a conscious effort is made to involve the church in the work carried out at the Faculty. The study programmes on offer range from philosophical and theological programmes to high-quality PhDs leading to qualifications recognised by the church.

The Faculty also plays an active role in intrafaculty research and teaching cooperation. The philosophy courses available in Innsbruck are almost unique in the German-speaking world, primarily thanks to their broad philosophical education and critical reflection on the Christian view of the world.

Students at the Faculty of Catholic Theology enjoy state-of-the-art facilities and modern libraries. The student-friendly atmosphere and excellent ratio of students to lecturers make it possible to complete an internationally recognised study programme in a short space of time.

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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Faculty of Humanities 2 (Language and Literature)

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Learning languages opens up new worlds, reduces barriers and connects us to other people, countries and cultures. More than ever before, knowledge of foreign languages and cultures are a key professional qualification for young people in today’s society.

Humanities look at content, structures, analyses and media in the fields of culture, literature and (non-)verbal communication, as well as their relevance to history, society and the world. Therefore, research work in this field is characterised by a large number of questions and different techniques, including political and societal issues such as contact between cultures, culture transfer, multilingualism and communication processed in literature and the media. These and other questions are dealt with by a number of research groups spanning several Faculties, such as Cultures in Contact, Processes of Literary Dissemination and Cultural Encounters and Transfers.

The Faculty of Humanities 2 (Language and Literature) at the University of Innsbruck offers a wide range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes as well as secondary school teacher accreditation programmes and PhD programmes covering languages, literature, culture and media. The Faculty comprises:

  • Department of American Studies
  • Department of English
  • Institute for German Philology
  • Department of Romance Phililogy
  • Institute for Slavic Studies
  • Department of Languages and Literature (linguistics; classical philology; comparative literary studies)
  • Institute for Translation Studies
  • Research Institute Brenner-Archiv

The Faculty cooperates closely with the School of Education and the following institutions at the University of Innsbruck:

Italy Centre, France Centre, Centre for Canadian Studies, American Corner Innsbruck, Center for Inter-American Studies (ZIAS), Centre for Russian Language and Culture.

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Faculty of Humanities 1 (Philosophy and History)

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The University of Innsbruck has a long and proud tradition of research in the fields of philosophy and history. Indeed, the Faculty of Philosophy was one of the four original Faculties created when the university was founded in 1669. The subjects taught at the modern-day Faculty of Humanities 1 cover the entire spectrum of human development and its intellectual and cultural contributions, from prehistoric times through to the modern day. Teaching and research work focuses primarily on the pressing issues of the modern day.

Proof of the efficacy of this approach can be seen in the Faculty’s success in attracting external sponsors and convincing them of the importance of research projects, resulting in annual financial support running into the millions that can be used to create positions for highly qualified young researchers.

At the same time, the Faculty plays a key role in promoting the new humanities research group Cultural Encounters – Cultural Conflicts (created as a result of the excellent evaluations given to the research platforms Cultural Encounters and Transfers and Politics – Religion – Art. Platform for Conflict and Communication Research) and the research platform Gender Studies: Identities – Discourses – Transformations. Both focus on cutting edge questions and discussions in politics and society, albeit from different perspectives.

Research is, however, by no means exclusively internationally oriented. The Faculty is home to many projects focusing on the local region, including the research centre HIMAT (The History of Mining Activities in the Tyrol and adjacent areas). This and similar projects make an important contribution to improving the understanding of how the Alpine area has developed over the course of the centuries and millennia.

Students and young scientists alike benefit from this strong focus on research work. In 2012 two new interdisciplinary doctoral programmes were created – Arts & Politics and “Figuration ‚Gegenkulturen‘“ – were created to exist alongside the International Graduate School “Political Communication from Ancient Times until the 20th Century”, which has been run successfully for many years in cooperation with universities in Germany and Italy. All three of these PhD courses offer students excellent study conditions and facilities.

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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Faculty of Law

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Law is one of the oldest research and teaching disciplines in the world. At the same time it remains more relevant than ever as an instrument to solve conflicts in society. Particularly in this modern age of globalisation, the legal system finds itself faced with new challenges when it comes to establishing norms and standards.

The Faculty of Law at the University of Innsbruck recognises and reacts to these chalenges, on the one hand by strengthening basic research and its application to new legal problems, and on the other hand by offering a range of studies that does equal justice to the requirements of a classical academic training and to the multifaceted needs of legal practice.

Research work extends to all fields of law covered by the Faculty, especially to coordinated research fields such as European integration, federalism and the field of sport and law.

The choice of study programmes ranges from the traditional diploma programme and doctoral programme in Law to a diploma programme in Business Law, an integrated diploma programme in Law and a PhD programme in Italian Law offered jointly by the universities of Innsbruck and Padua. Through this joint study programme the Faculty also fulfils its central role as an important educational institution in the Tyrol - South Tyrol - Trentino Euroregion. As well as the many study courses designed for students, there is also a wide range of training courses available for qualified legal practitioners.

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School of Education

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Dedicated and well-trained teachers are of vital importance to our younger generation. As such, providing high-quality teacher training driven by research is an important task that brings with it great responsibility.
 
The School of Education coordinates and helps design teacher training at the University of Innsbruck. In close cooperation with eight other Faculties, it offers high-quality secondary school teacher accreditation programmes. This teaching activity is complemented by research in the fields of education theory and classroom practice as well as into subject-specific teaching techniques. This close cooperation with the Faculties specialising in the subjects the students are training to teach ensures that they stay up to date with the latest developments in each field and form an important basis for developing teaching methods. Furthermore, the School of Education looks to cooperate closely with all institutions involved in the training and further education of teachers, in particular the regional education authorities and teacher training colleges.

Students training to become teachers can choose from a wide range of subjects with innovative approaches to teaching and research. The challenging study programmes provide students with the necessary skills to become successful teachers and shape educational processes in schools. With its body of experienced staff, the university offers trainee teachers excellent study conditions combining subject knowledge, subject-specific teaching skills, educational theory and hands-on classroom experience. On top of its long-standing cooperation with schools in the local region, the School of Education boasts strong international links and an efficient administration:

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Teacher Training Programme:
The secondary school teacher accreditation programme aims to provide the students with the necessary skills and qualifications to teach in academic secondary schools (AHS) and vocational secondary schools and colleges (BMHS). http://www.uibk.ac.at/fakultaeten/soe 


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