- To follow on from the general and vocational education and training courses
- Degree study programme (Diplomstudien) (to be discontinued)
- Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes
- Doctoral and PhD programmes
The following study programmes are available: arts and cultural, engineering and artistic studies, programmes leading to qualified teacher status in Upper Level Schools (two teaching subjects are required in each case), medical, natural science, legal, social and economic, and theological studies. The providers can be public or private universities.
- Degree programmes (Diplomstudien):
for the main part, provide deepening scientific or artistic vocational education and training and take 8 to 12 semesters (one semester comprises 30 ECTS) to complete, consisting of two or three study sections, each of which is concluded with a degree examination. Those who successfully complete the programme are awarded a degree, such as a Magister’s degree, "Graduate Degree in Engineering" ("Diplom-Ingenieur/in") (exception: medical studies conclude with the degree of "Doctor of General Medicine" / "Doktor/in der gesamten Heilkunde" or "Doctor of Dentistry" / "Doktor/in der Zahnheilkunde"). Only few of these degree programmes remain.
- Bachelor's and Master's programmes
In accordance with the Bologna Declaration, universities have already configured the majority of their study programmes in the form of Bachelor's degree programmes (3 to 4 years, 180 to 240 ECTS) and Master's programmes that build on the Bachelor's studies (1 to 2 years, 60 to 120 ECTS). The Bachelor's degree programme provides scientific or artistic vocational education and training and a qualification in the corresponding specialist area and leads to the award of a Bachelor’s degree. Depending on the specialist area involved, Master's degree programmes lead to the award of a Master’s degree (“Master in …” or "Diplom-Ingenieur/in").
- Doctorate programmes and PhD programmes (Doctor of Philosophy)
build on the Graduate degree and Master's degree programmes at universities, Universities of Applied Sciences or University Colleges of Teacher Education mainly provide further development of a student’s ability to carry out independent scientific research. Those who complete the study programme (after three or four years) are awarded the relevant doctorate degree ("Dr." or "PhD").
International Academic Recognition
The next step:
- Immediate employment in the relevant specialist area
- Following successful completion of a Bachelor's degree programme: Master's degree programme at a University of Applied Sciences or university
- Following successful completion of a Master's degree programme: doctoral studies at a university
- Attendance at university courses for continuing and higher level qualifications
- Self-employment in regulated (if necessary, with proof of practical experience and after completing a qualifying examination) and non-regulated industries or non-regulated professions
Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Further information can be found on the internet
At www.studienwahl.at/en you can find an overview of all degree courses at all Austrian institutions of Higher Education.
www.studiversum.at (in German)