In the entry phase of doctoral studies the research project is strengthened and finalised. Usually this is a time, where an intensive exchange between doctoral candidate and supervisor takes place.

The public presentation of the research project is the first milestone in the doctoral process. The presentation is the basis for approval of the topic and the precondition for the doctoral thesis agreement.

The most important points for a successful completion of the first PhD year are as folllows:

Step 1: Admission and research proposal

  • Information on admission to Doctoral/PhD studies, click here.
  • After admission, the PhD student together with the supervisor will set up a thesis committee: the supervisor plus 1-2 co-mentor(s) from the relevant disciplines of his/her doctoral thesis project.
  • The thesis committee together with the PhD student agree on the study plan and ensure that the PhD student will obtain sufficient training in all the required research areas.
  • Potential contributions and participation in international conferences and transferable skills development are part of study plan.
  • To benefit from all VDS PhaNuSpo activities, benefits and services, we ask PhD students to consent online to the Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools.

Step 2: Public presentation of the doctoral thesis project

  • Within the first year after admission the PhD student has to submit an exposé of his/her thesis project.
  • Upon evaluation and approval, the PhD candidate will proceed to the public presentation of his/her doctoral thesis project.
  • The PI panel can accept or reject applications based on the exposé and/or the oral presentation of the PhD outline, or demand adjustments and another presentation before acceptance.
  • Public presentations will be held at least three times per study year.


Step 3: Doctoral thesis agreement

  • Upon approval at the public presentation, the doctoral thesis agreement has to be signed between the supervisor(s) and the PhD student as well as the form Regulations relating to good scientific practice.
  • From there on, the PhD students will have to submit annual progress reports. These reports constitute attachments (annexes) to the doctoral thesis agreement and must be evaluated and signed by the supervisor(s) before submitting to the Executive Manager.


Code of Good Practice for Doctoral Schools

This Code provides guidelines for good practice that are binding for all members of the Vienna Doctoral of Pharmaceutical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences.

It includes the responsibilities of the directors, supervisors and as well as the responsibilities of doctoral candidates. Active members of PhaNuSpo are asked to consent by signing the code.

Sign and download the Code here

Good Scientific Practice

Paying attention to the rules of good scientific practice are key: "Good scientific practice embraces all the procedures and practices that are necessary for planning, conducting and reporting research and scholarship within a framework of scientific integrity."  (e.g. "Good Scientific Practice in Research and Scholarship", European Science Foundation Policy Briefing 10, p. 5)

Each semester the Center for Doctoral Studies offers workshops on this topic -> Workshop programme

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