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


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Data updated on: 23.11.2020

*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

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:

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

... 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

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 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: 2.0 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.3 (appropriate)

→ These results are basd on feedback from 92 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 Philosophy 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 ...

  • 63% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 2,341 gross/month.
  • graduates work e.g. in the activities of membership organisations 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 Philosophy".