The doctoral programme includes following key elements

  • The duration of the degree programme is 3 years.
  • ECTS requirements:
    • Nutritional Sciences and Pharmacy: at least 20 ECTS
    • Sport Science: 18-30 ECTS
  • Public presentation of the thesis project within the first year of doctoral studies 
  • Signing of a doctoral thesis agreement following the successful public presentation
  • Submission of annual progress reports subsequent to the thesis agreement
  • Writing a doctoral thesis, which demonstrates the candidate's ability to master scientific questions independently
  • Submission and review of thesis and public defense

Admission & year one

Research phase

  • Researching and writing the doctoral thesis
  • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals (ideally JCR Q1 of thematic category)
  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending academic and/or transferable skills courses/lectures/workshops
  • Annual submission of the progress report

Final Phase


  • Admission to the PhD programme: Email the admission team or book an appointment here
  • Public presentation and thesis agreement: Email the PhaNuSpo manager, Isolde Prommer, or call +43-(0)1-4277-50030, Office hours at UZA II Room 2C323 are Mo-Th 10-16 (Web)


  • Talk to your supervisor(s) and thesis advisor(s) about experimental plans and approaches, publications, conference presentations, talks and/or transferable skills workshops.
  • For general information and annual reports, please email the PhaNuSpo Manager, Isolde Prommer, or call +43-1-4277-50030


  • Talk to your supervisor(s)
  • The Study Service Centres (SSCs) can help you with administrative matters:

    SSC Life Sciences, for the PhD programmes Pharmacy and Nutritional Scieces, Email Mr. Ernst Castellitz

    SSC Sports Science, for the PhD programme Sports Science, Email Mr. Gerald Heissig