History and Philosophy of Science - HPS (Master)

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The master’s programme in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Vienna aims at equipping students with knowledge and competences regarding investigations into history, cultural studies and philosophy in a broad sense of academic research. Students acquire substantial and methodologically precise competences in reconstructing, analysing and assessing: 1. the historical development of the discipline (concepts, fields of knowledge, institutions, biographies) in political, social, cultural and gender historical contexts; 2. models and questions in philosophy of science; 3. social causes, connections and consequences of academic research.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 944

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

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 master’s programme consists of:

  • an alternative compulsory module on either: philosophy, history, academic discipline.
  • a compulsory module on methods and problems
  • a compulsory module on history of science
  • a compulsory module on philosophy of science
  • a compulsory specialisation module
  • a master’s module
  • master’s thesis
  • master’s examination

Five Concepts

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

  • Theory of argumentation
  • Social philosophy
  • Theories
  • Techno-science
  • Politics

 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

Graduates of the master’s programme are especially qualified for:

  • a doctoral programme in the area of history of science, research methodology and philosophy of science
  • activities at museums and archives relating to history and philosophy of science
  • science journalism
  • knowledge management and
  • activities for other relevant institutions and occupations.

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