Philosophy and Economics (Master)

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The master's programme Philosophy and Economics provides students with qualification in central topics and methods at the intersection of philosophy and economics. The two-year programme is jointly offered by the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Economics.

Graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills to bring a unique interdisciplinary perspective to bear on the solution of pressing social, economic, and political problems in modern societies.

Study Programme

The master's programme Philosophy and Economics is divided into three subject areas: Philosophy, History and Methodology of Economics; Rationality and Decision; Ethics, Welfare and Justice.

In all semesters, students attend interdisciplinary core seminars on selected themes and methods at the intersection of philosophy and economics. Next to these seminars, students deepen their subject-specific foundational knowledge and skills in philosophy and economics during their first semester. In the second semester, students acquire interdisciplinary knowledge of the three subject areas of philosophy and economics. In the third semester, students intensively study specific interdisciplinary topics and investigate potential venues of research for their master's thesis. Students can also attend elective courses from a broad range of courses offered at the University of Vienna, in philosophy, economics, and other disciplines.

In the final semester, students undertake an independent interdisciplinary research project to produce their master's thesis. Students present their ongoing research in an interdisciplinary research seminar. In this seminar, students contribute to each others research through discussion of the research presentations.

Five Concepts

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

  • Public Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Rationality
  • Justice
  • History of Economic Thought

After Graduation

Graduates will have acquired a unique combination of knowledge and analytical skills in the area of philosophy and economics. The programme allows students to specialise according to their interests and future plans, and to prepare for careers in the public and private sector, for excample, public institutions at the international, European, national, regional and local level, political parties, trade unions and business associations, social activism and non-governmental organisations, journalism, business and strategy consulting, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and academic teaching and research.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.

 

The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).