Master's Programme Philosophy at Faculties of Catholic Theology

Faculty School of Catholic Theology
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master der Philosophie (M.phil.)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0223 Philosophy and Ethics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code 
C 066 794
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* 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: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  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
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
62,0

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
26,4
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
9,3
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
2,3
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, 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).

Requirements

Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  • 18 ECTS-Credits in the core area Logic, Theory of Knowledge and Science and Philosophy of Nature
  • 14 ECTS-Credits in the core area Epistemology, Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Communication
  • 24 ECTS-Credits in the core area Metaphysics and Philosophy of Religion
  • 24 ECTS-Credits in the core area Philosophical and Psychological Anthropology
  • 20 ECTS-Credits in the core area Ethics and Social Philosophy
  • 12 ECTS-Credits in the core area History of Philosophy

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

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 4 semesters or 120 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).

Recommended Course Sequence: Starting from winter semester 2014/2015

First Semester »

10,0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy I
2,5 ECTS-Credits: Gender-specific Aspects
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy III
  9,0 ECTS-Credits: Electiv Module Systematic Theology (a, b and e)

Second Semester »

7,5 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophical Problems I
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Weltanschauung and Dialogue: Philosophical and Theological Issues in Interdisciplinary
                                  Dialogue
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy IV
  3,5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules History of Philosophical Problems II or Theoretical Philosophy V or
                                  Practical Philosophy III (respectively b)

  3,5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Systematic Theology (c)

Third Semester »

10,0 ECTS-Credits: Practical Philosophy I
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Practical Philosophy II
7,5 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology (d)
  2,0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module Systematic Theology (c)
11,0 ECTS-Credits: Start: Master's Thesis

Fourth Semester »

7,5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy II
16,5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
2,5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense  
    4,0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules History of Philosophical Problems II or Theoretical Philosophy V
                                 or Practical Philosophy III (respectively a)

Elective Modules »

Elective modules amounting to 22.5 ECTS-Credits have to be fulfilled: Depending on the subject orientation of the master thesis, one of the elective modules 1-3 has  to be chosen; possible choices from elective modules 3 a. and 3 b., or elective module 4, or elective modules 5 and 6, or elective module 7. The modules 3a. and 3b. are offered at periodic intervals defined by the Faculty of Humanities 1. For the moment, the modules are offered each winter semester. It is recommended to attend the elective modules in the first academic year.

The allocation of the exemplary course sequence is only an example.

Graphic chart »

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Recommended Course Sequence: Starting from winter semester 2015/2016

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy I
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Practical Philosophy I
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Gender-specific Aspects
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Practical Philosophy II

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: History of Philosophical Problems I
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy II
7.0 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology (c and e)
  8.0 ECTS-Credits: Beginning - Master's Thesis
 

Third Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy III
3.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module 1 (History of Philosophical Problems II/b)
                                  Elective Module 2 (Theoretical Philosophy V/b)
                                  Elective Module 3 (Practical Philosophy III/b)

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Systematic Theology (a, b, d)
11.0 ECTS-Credits: Continuation - Master's Thesis

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Weltanschauung and Dialogue: Philosophical and Theological Issues
                                  in Interdisciplinary Dialogue
  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Theoretical Philosophy IV
8.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
8.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defense
    4.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module 1 (History of Philosophical Problems II/a)
                                 Elective Module 2 (Theoretical Philosophy V/a)
                                 Elective Module 3 (Practical Philosophy III/a)
 

Elective Modules »

Elective modules amounting to 22.5 ECTS-Credits have to be fulfilled: Depending on the subject orientation of the master thesis, one of the elective modules 1-3 has  to be chosen; possible choices from elective modules 3 a. and 3 b., or elective module 4, or elective modules 5 and 6, or elective module 7. The modules 3a. and 3b. are offered at periodic intervals defined by the Faculty of Humanities 1. For the moment, the modules are offered each winter semester. It is recommended to attend the elective modules in the first academic year.

The allocation of the exemplary course sequence is only an example.

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_MA Philosophie an der Katholischen-Theologie_2015_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Philosophy at the School of Catholic Theology serves the purpose of ensuring a philosophical education that builds on the Bachelor's Programme Philosophy at the School of Catholic Theology with regard to the basic religious questions of the human person.

The master's programme provides students with a highly specialized knowledge of orientation with regard to an overall view of philosophical disciplines, to philosophy's interdisciplinary dialogue with other sciences and with special regard to the aim that philosophical thinking is to lead to reasonably founded and scientifically reflected convictions and to enable graduates to take critically reflected positions. In accordance with these tasks and objectives, the Master's Programme Philosophy at the School of Catholic Theology provides a specialized education in philosophy that equally takes into account the most important traditional strands of philosophy and also representative contemporary positions; thus it can be viewed as the basis for innovative venues of thinking. Emphasis is laid on the core subjects Theoretical and Practical Philosophy, on a thorough analysis of the history of philosophy and on the analysis of the peculiarity of the rationality of systems of ideas and dialogue about such positions.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the field of philosophy. They are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement their comptences and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts by scientifically well-founded problem-solving skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Key qualifications are scientically well-founded orientational knowledge as well the ability to critical analysis and scientifically responsible statements, also in the social-cultural, media and political fields.

The master's programme prepares graduates for occupational opportunities in education, publishing, administration and science, especially in church-related activities. The study programme enables graduates to work on interdisciplinary projects, i.e. projects addressing basic issues of individual sciences.
 

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Associate Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. DDr. Winfried Löffler

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Nikolaus Wandinger

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