German Philology (Bachelor)

Library of German philology.

The bachelor’s programme in German Philology combines German literature and language studies; philology and linguistics.

During the first half of the degree programme, you will acquire basic scientific knowledge and competences in the four areas of studies: modern German literature, medieval German literature, linguistics and German as a foreign and second language. At a more advanced stage in your studies, the curriculum provides you the opportunity to set individual focal points: You can specialise in individual subject areas through freely selectable courses and complete a non-university internship. Thereby, you can individualise your qualification profile and adapt it to your professional goals and subsequent master's programmes.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 033 617

6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits (including 60 ECTS credits of extension curricula)

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 28.12.2022

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


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

Following an Introductory and Orientation Period (STEOP), students have to complete initial specialisations and subject-specific elective modules. Afterwards, a bachelor’s module allows students to specialise in a specific field. As part of this module, students have to write two bachelor’s theses in two different fields of study.

Five concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Pseudonymous authorship
  • Sound poetry
  • Middle High German âventiure
  • Syntax
  • Minority Languages

... and many more.

 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

Nach dem Studium Info EN

Graduates have basic qualifications preparing them for work

  • in academia, research and teaching;
  • with books (book shops, publishers, editors, libraries, archives);
  • in the area of electronic language and text processing (digitisation of texts, text layout, web design);
  • in journalism (print media, radio, television);
  • in the art sector (fiction books, translation, advertising);
  • in the cultural sector (museums, theatres, concerts, film);
  • as intercultural mediators (ability to judge and act with regard to language and literature).

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.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2,1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.4 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 173 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the bachelor’s programme in German Philology graduation survey (in German).

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).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 65% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,265 gross/month.
  • 11% of graduates work in the education sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "BA German Philology".