Philosophy (Bachelor)

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The bachelor’s programme in Philosophy aims at providing fundamental insights into the historic, systematic and current variety of philosophical questions. It equips students with the necessary skills to analyse philosophical works, critically assess philosophical approaches and systematically apply philosophical reasoning. Additionally, it aims at preparing students for a master’s programme in the area of philosophy.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 541

6 semester / 180 ECTS credits (including 15 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study programme

The bachelor’s programme in Philosophy consists of an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP) and seven compulsory modules on the following subjects: basic skills in philosophy; thought and language; history of philosophy until the end of the 19th century; reality and truth; good and evil; technology and media; and the foreign and the familiar. Furthermore, students have to select three elective modules on the core topics of philosophy. To successfully complete the bachelor’s programme, students have to write two bachelor’s theses.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Ontology
  • Phenomenology
  • Theory of argumentation
  • Metaphysics
  • Ethics

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Due to the nature of philosophy, this degree programme does not prepare students for a narrow and specific occupational field. Graduates have general communication and reasoning competences, as well as the ability to analyse complex conceptual structures and systematically provide rationales for their own paths of thought and decisions. This qualifies them for occupational fields that extend beyond the core area of the discipline, such as

  • non-university academic institutions
  • adult education
  • publishing
  • academic, cultural and general management
  • media (scientific editing for radio, television and print media) and
  • consulting professions.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates