Doctor of Philosophy Programme Sport Science 

Faculty Faculty of Psychology and Sport Science
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQF/NQF: Level 8
ISCED-F 1014 Sports
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 680 xxx
Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction German / English
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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.

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Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

With the exception of § 64 par. 5 UG 2002, the general university entrance qualification for admission to a doctoral programme shall be demonstrated by the completion of a relevant diploma programme or master's programme or another relevant programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. To compensate for substantial subject-related differences, supplementary examinations may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the doctoral degree programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules
30 ECTS-Credits
150 ECTS-Credits

Konzeption der Dissertation
5 ECTS-Credits

Generic Skills  
5 ECTS-Credits

Analyse und Interpretation eigener Forschungsergebnisse 1
5 ECTS-Credits

Analyse und Interpretation eigener Forschungsergebnisse 2
5 ECTS-Credits

Presentation of own Research Results 
5 ECTS-Credits

Doctoral Thesis Defense 
5 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is a piece of scientific work which – in contrast to a diploma or master‘s thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way.

The dissertation topic has to be chosen from the core area of sport science or show a close subject-specific relation to sport science.

The dissertation can also be a collection of articles that are related in terms of subject matter or methods. The quality criteria mentioned in the curriculum are valid.

If the articles were written by several authors, the student's own contribution must be shown clearly and added to the dissertation.

The student has to propose a team of supervisors, consisting of at least two people (dissertation committee), and to nominate one of them as the supervisor mainly responsible. It is permissible to propose supervisors (with the exception of the main supervisor) from subject-related fields. In justifiable exceptional cases it is possible for students to propose only one supervisor. Prior to beginning the work, the student has to communicate the dissertation topic and supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. Topic and supervisors are considered as accepted, if the Director of Studies does not veto them by means of a decree within one month after the receipt of the proposal.

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of this doctoral programme are able to independently address issues in sports science with a high degree of scientific and methodological expertise. In addition to subject-specific and methodological competences, graduates acquire general scientific and communicative abilities that are required for successful scientific careers in academic, economic or public sectors:

  • Excellent knowledge of the disciplines of sport science, especially in the core areas;
  • Detailed knowledge in those areas of science that are necessary for successful completion of the dissertation, particularly in the core areas of sport science;
  • Competences in the planning, realization and interpretation of scientific projects, including important methods applied in sport science for the treatment of the dissertation topic;
  • Differential knowledge of accessing scientific literature, including relevant databases, and critical interpretation of literature;
  • The ability to present scientific findings independently and to discuss and critically analyse one's own and others' scientific findings in front of competent audiences;
  • Understanding of the profession as an autonomous scientist/researcher in academic, business and public environments;
  • Knowledge of the use of statistics to attain and analyse scientific data;
  • The ability to author scientific publications;
  • The ability to apply for financial research support

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates are qualified junior academics. They have mastered the methods applied in research in their area and are capable of critically discussing, analyzing, and further developing theories. Junior academics possess the competence to develop and conduct substantial research projects with scientific integrity, and they are qualified to reflect on these processes scientifically and theoretically. They are also aware of issues and questions in gender research.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Increasingly multifaceted vocational requirements and the necessity to adapt one's qualifications to changing professional challenges make top-level scientific training necessary for professional success. The doctoral programme qualifies graduates for research-oriented occupations, for leadership positions and scientific activities in all areas in which physical activity, movement and sports play a central role (motion control, training, prevention and rehabilitation, sport psychology competences). The doctoral programme qualifies graduates for all kinds of research and teaching activities in educational institutions.

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

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Further information about the study

Associate Dean of Studies
Mag. Dr. Michael Barth, Bakk. MSc

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