Faculty of Law
Course Duration / ECTS 6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law
Department Department of Philosophy, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Department of Social Studies and Economics
Mode Full time
Study ID D 033 699
Admission Requirements Matura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCE
levels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l'Enseignement du
Second Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)),
which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.

What will I learn?

The BA degree course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics sets out from the observation that the pressing issues of our society – such as globalization, climate change or inequality – more and more need interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. The degree course in PPE accounts for this demand by not merely leaving the disciplines involved – philosophy, political science and economics – standing next to each other. Rather, they interlock in an interdisciplinary programme. The focus lies on imparting methodological competences. Thereby, students gain a comprehensive qualification which allows them to approach problems fundamentally and analytically.

Which career opportunities do I have?

Graduates of the BA degree course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics can choose from a range of career options: occupations in private businesses, in public administration, in legislative corporations and in political parties, occupations in NGOs and interest groups, in the media sector and PR, in the foreign senior service (diplomatic career), occupations in institutions of the European Union and in international organizations, in political education (charities, academies, training institutes etc.) as well as university or non-university teaching and research.

Why Salzburg?

The BA degree course in Philosophy, Politics and Economics is the first and, up to now, only BA degree course of its kind in Austria. The disciplines involved are optimally networked in the international research landscape, enjoy an excellent reputation and succeeded in establishing the University of Salzburg as a first-class address in the international world of science. An excellent student-to-staff ratio and the personal atmosphere in the departments distinguish Salzburg from the large-scale universities in great cities. This guarantees a modern education on the interfaces of questions relevant for society.

How is the course structured?

Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA

Compulsory modules (e.g., Introductory and Orientation Phase)11 ECTS
Introduction to the Philosophy of Economy and Social Philosophy10 ECTS
Logic8 ECTS
Applied Theory of Science15 ECTS
Basics of Political Science15 ECTS
Core subject I+II Political Science24 ECTS
Basics of Economics9 ECTS
Advanced Economics12 ECTS
Interdisciplinary Seminar6 ECTS
Academic Research Skills and Techniques13 ECTS
Basic Empirical Methods11 ECTS
Advanced Methods6 ECTS
Bachelor's thesis6 ECTS
Optional subjects24 ECTS
Total180 ECTS


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Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannes Winner Head of the curriculum committee of Philosophy, Politics and Economics
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