The master's degree programmes at FH Vorarlberg build on the following three essential elements:

1. Core studies:

The compulsory fundamental subjects in core studies establish the specialist academic skills and support your professional competences.

2. Specialisation studies: 

In the chosen field of specialisation, you will enhance and specialise – depending on the degree programme – your professional access based on your interests and career goals. 

3. Contextual Studies:

In a selection of more than 20 modules, you cross the boundaries between:

  • Disciplines and schools of thought (interdisciplinarity),
  • Cultures, languages and countries (internationality) and
  • Current knowledge and the future (research and development).

Your degree programme takes you through all three basic elements. This process allows you to deepen and broaden your skills while letting you incorporate your personal interests in your programme of study.

Contextual Studies are a module offer, from which the master students and the alumni of FH Vorarlberg can choose.

What opportunities would you like to make more of?

The Contextual Studies at Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (FH Vorarlberg) provide customized courses as part of our master’s degree programmes. It offers students diverse opportunities to pursue personal areas of interest, to do independent work and to push the limits of their knowledge and abilities in research, intercultural contexts and numerous disciplines.

Challenges and opportunities in the Contextual Studies

Be active and incorporate your own questions and thoughts into your learning and understanding: In the Contextual Studies you can adopt new points of view and unconventional perspectives, discover and reconfigure relationships.

Crossing boundaries and tread new ground: The Contextual Studies allow you to work on current interdisciplinary issues and questions. The topics cover challenges of our working world as well as sustainability issues, but also societal coexistence and social economics, cultural change and value orientations, security and many others.

Contribute to sustainable global development on an economic, environmental and social level: By choosing a module from the Contextual Studies, you will contribute to the fulfilment of at least one of the 17 global sustainability goals adopted by the United Nations in accordance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Element of degree programme"Contextual Studies"
ECTS points12 (6 per semester)

Module offer 2022


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What is Contextual Studies? [Running time: 10:04]

Criteria for Module Choice [Running time: 18:37]

Set-upIn the 1st semester you orientate yourself and choose your individual path through the Contextual Studies.

Modules are offered in the 2nd and 3rd semesters (6 ECTS per semester). Each module is completed in the same semester with a grade.

For a research project or an innovation class, you also complete 6 ECTS per semester, but finish after one year.

You will also find English-language modules and study trips in an international offer.

Modules in Contextual Studies take place weekly (Thursday: 6:20 to 9:35 p.m.) and/or in an intensive training week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:50 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Thursday: 8:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.). Slight time deviations are possible.

How to apply as a master student

  • Registration for the research projects and innovation classes takes place through personal contact with the module supervisor. The deadline for registration is 20 November 2022.

  • Registration for modules with 3 or 6 ECTS takes place electronically via A5, the administration system of the FH Vorarlberg. As a 1st semester Master's student, these modules will be available for you to choose from on your A5 portal from Wednesday, 23 November to Sunday, 11 December 2022. For some modules, a letter of motivation must also be written or an individual interview must be conducted (details can be found in the module offer with the respective course).

  • The courses you have booked can be viewed at any time on your A5 portal under your courses in the respective semester. If a course does not take place, e.g. due to too few participants, or if it is overbooked, you will be asked to rebook it on your A5 portal between 5 December and 11 December.

  • On 21 December 2022, the election for the Contextual Studies is closed.

All master's students of the 21st and earlier years who still need modules from Contextual Studies, please contact the administration.

How to apply as an alumni

  • As a rule, the current alumni year is informed by a newsletter containing all relevant information.

  • Interested alumni can contact  directly. 

  • For alumni, registration for the individual modules takes place exclusively via the administration of Contextual Studies.

  • Registrations can only be made on free places of the current module offer in the Contextual Studies.

Do you need further advice? We are pleased to answer your questions and give you further information personally.

Service Hours:

Wednesday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or individual appointment)

Contact Contextual Studies

Mag. Sabine Frick
Administration Contextual Studies

+43 5572 792 1112


Prof. (FH) Dr. Oskar Müller
Lecturer, Course organization