Post it (Erweiterung)Post it (Minor)_en_200x82

Master's Programme Philosophy

As of winter semester 2023/2024 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page » 

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Master of Arts (MA)
Qualification Level Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 7, EQF/NQF: Level 7
ISCED-F 0223 Philosophy and Ethics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code UC 066 941
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2010W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)

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)


Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

The general university entrance qualification for admission to a master's programme must be proven by the completion of a subject-related bachelor's programme, another subject-related programme of at least the same higher education level at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution, or a program defined in the curriculum of the master's programme. To compensate for significant differences in subject matter, supplementary examinations (maximum 30 ECTS credits) may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the master's programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the master's programme.

In the course of the proof of the general university entrance qualification, the completion of the following core areas within the framework of the completed bachelor's degree programme shall be examined in any case:

  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Theoretical Philosophy
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Practical Philosophy
  • 15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: History of Philosophy

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).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Questions in Theoretical Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Questions in History of Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Questions in Practical Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Special Questions of Contemporary Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Intercultural Philosophy
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Ethics
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Individual Choice of Specialisation

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Preparation of the Master’s Thesis
20.0 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master’s Thesis Defence

Graphic Chart »

Studienverlauf_MA Philosophie_Stand 01.10.2019_en

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Master's Programme Philosophy complements the Bachelor's Programme Philosophy including further sub-disciplines of philosophy, consolidating the students' philosophical knowledge in terms of theoretical philosophy and practical philosophy as well as emphasizing intercultural philosophy and applied ethics. It leads to independent, critical examination of the development of history of ideas and culture as well as contemporary currents of philosophy. The interests developed during the bachelor’s programme may be followed further and related to other questions. Besides, the necessary skills for scientific work in the field of philosophy are completed and perfected.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates possess highly specialised knowledge in the fields of theoretical philosophy, practical philosophy, the history of philosophy, intercultural philosophy and applied ethics. They are able to apply their knowledge in these fields by independently formulate and substantiate scientific arguments and to find innovative solutions to problems.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Master's Programme Philosophy serves further scientific education and is a prerequisite for a PhD study programme. It provides especially knowledge and skills which facilitate professional perspectives in a lot of occupational fields. Typical fields of occupation for philosophers are to be found in universities or in their environment, in scientific, cultural and social fields, in the media as well as in politics and business.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Master’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 45 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

Information for students with disabilities  

Nach oben scrollen