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Course Duration / ECTS4 semesters / 120 ECTS
University degree Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty Faculty of Catholic Theology
Department Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology
ModeFull time
Study IDD 066 794
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the MA degree course in
Philosophy, applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree
in Philosophy or in a related field from an accredited
inland or international institution of higher education.
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

Philosophy attempts to find answers which meet contemporary scientific criteria to the fundamental questions of human existence. The MA degree course in Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology deepens the basic knowledge students have gained during their BA course and provides an extensive education in the most important philosophical disciplines. Students gain a fundamental understanding of manifold scientific accesses to reality as well as a broad and deep knowledge of the various philosophical answers and positions developed in history and present. There will be plenty of opportunity for students to pursue their individual interests and emphases. Moreover, graduates will learn how to describe problems precisely, to think critically, to argue logically, and to deal constructively with different perspectives. Thereby, students acquire the competence to find and provide solid orientation in society’s challenges.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Philosophy graduates are able to deal critically and creatively with various problems. Along with their intellectual flexibility, sensitivity and openness, their sense of what is appropriate and a rich repertoire of attempts at a solution makes philosophers competent partners in dialogue, who face the current challenges with far-sightedness and a keen insight. As distinct from courses geared towards specific careers (as, for example, teacher training programmes, medical training, studies in architecture, etc.), Philosophy graduates can choose from a wide range of career options, especially in combination with an additional specialist training. Possible careers include culture and human resources management, management consultancy and coaching, library, publishing and media work, adult education, politics and policy counselling, information technology, environment protection and ethics counselling. Graduates who wish to further deepen their studies can enrol on a doctorate degree course in Philosophy and aspire to an academic career.

Why Salzburg?

The Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Catholic Theology offers a Master’s course in a familiar environment with enthusiastic and personally committed lecturers. Students discuss abstract ideas in courses with small groups, close supervision and a friendly atmosphere. There is always room for exchange and individual interests. Seminar papers and other qualifying academic work can always be composed in interdisciplinary openness and – if required – with a close personal supervision. The relevance of philosophical thinking for the personal and social life is the department’s central concern. This concern is reflected in its main emphasis: to philosophically question human being in all of its metaphysical and historical foundations as well as its psychological, social, existential, religious and moral dimensions.

How is the course structured?

Philosophy MA at the Faculty of Catholic Theology
M01 Theoretical Philosophy9 ECTS
M02 Philosophical Anthropology9 ECTS
M03 Practical Philosophy9 ECTS
M04 Philosophy of Religion und Religious Science9 ECTS
Optional module22 ECTS
Optional subjects24 ECTS
Master seminars4 ECTS
Master’s thesis28 ECTS
Master’s examination6 ECTS
Total120 ECTS


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rolf Darge

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Rolf Darge
Head of the curriculum committee Philosophy

Franziskanergasse 1/IV, 5020 Salzburg
Tel.: +43 662 8044-2528