Admission to PhD/Doctoral studies


To be able to apply for a doctorate, the applicant must hold a master's degree in the intended field of research. Additionally, a number of documents related to your intended research project need to be submitted, particularly the description of your intended doctoral project and the willingness of a Professor/PI member to supervise you. Your application will be reviewed by the responsible Directors of Doctoral Studies Programmes. Please note that the processing of your application can take several weeks.  Application takes place online via u:space and is possible throughout the year.

Please note that you have to renew your enrollment every semester. This has to take place within the regular admission period.

  1. Admission to the Doctoral/PhD programme
  2. Your benefits being a PhaNuSpo member
  3. Requirements by the PhD/Doctoral curriculum of the University of Vienna
  4. Tuition fee
  5. International doctoral candidates
  6. Navigating in Vienna & Austria
  7. Welcome Guide

(This list does not claim to be complete)

1. Admission to the Doctoral/PhD programme

Application takes place online via u:space and is possible all year around. Please note that you have to renew your enrollment every semester.

To become a PhaNuSpo member you can choose from following research areas and aligned curriculum:

Doctoral Programme in the Natural Sciences in the field of Life Sciences and research areas of

  • Nutritional Sciences, Dr.rer.nat (programme code 794 610 474)
  • Pharmacy, Dr.rer.nat (programme code 796 610 449)

Those doctoral canditades have to complete achievements comprising 20 ECTS credits, according the Curriculum of the Doctoral Programme in the Natural Sciences and of the PhD Programme in the Natural Sciences in the field of Life Sciences

PhD Programme in Sport Science

  • Sport Science, PhD (programme code 796 310 481)

PhD candidates are required to complete the following: Courses (both with continuous assessment or without continuous assessment) comprising 18 to 30 ECTS credit. Additional achievements (e.g. participate in workshops, present research findings at international conferences, act as subject-specific organisers for scientific events, placements, etc.). Details in Curriculum PhD Programm in Sport Science.

List  of required documents you can view and download at the Homepage of the Center for Doctoral Studies:

2. Your benefits being a PhaNuSpo member

By being member of the PhaNuSpo Doctoral School you not only do your PhD in an internationally competitive environment and build/extend your professional network in the context of Pharmaceutical, Nutrition or Sport Sciences, but also can profit from

  • Co-supervision and supportive mentoring by at least two experts in your field
  • Low hierarchies and open door policies
  • Interdisciplinary exchange in joint courses, retreats or workshops, and social events
  • Additional financial support e.g. in form of completion or mobility grants
  • A strong students voice in the Doctoral School Steering Team
  • Committed administrative support
  • Social events
  • ....

3. Requirements by the PhD/Doctoral curriculum of the University of Vienna

The curriculum includes the following key elements:

  • The degree programme duration is 3 years.
  • Doctoral students in the fields of Pharmacy and Nutritional Sciences have to obtain 20 ECTS, and PhD students in Sport Science between 18-30 ECTS.
  • To sign the Code of Good Practices for Doctoral Schools.
  • To attend at least once the Annual Reatreat and twice the cross-disciplinary PhaNuSpo Scientific Lecture Series.
  • To present your doctoral/PhD thesis project at the Public presentation at faculty, preferable within the first 6 months, the latest after one year.
  • To prepare and sign the doctoral thesis agreement subsequent to the public presentation.
  • To submit after approval of the doctoral thesis agreement annually the progress reports (Fortschrittsbericht), annexed by the minutes of the annual thesis advisory committee meeting. 
  • To publish in peer-reviewed journals and to write a cumulative doctoral thesis which demonstrates the candidate's ability to master academic topics independently.
  • Completion, submission and Public Defense of the doctoral/PhD thesis.

4. Tuition fee

5. International doctoral candidates

Moving to a new city and country and findig your way around a new university can be very challenging, especially in the beginning. Finding a place to live, taking care of insurance (e.g. non-employed students) and a residence permit, or finding things that need taking care of.

The Welcome Guide for prae- & postdoctoral employees (EU & international) provides helpful information (currently under review) but as well following website contains some tipps to smoothen your arrival and stay in Vienna on topics such as:

Contacts

  • The 'Liaison Officers' are the first contact persons for academic staff (prae- and postdocs) from third countries to take a foothold in Vienna. This applies i.a. for initial information about visa and residence permit (also with regard to family members). The Liaison Officer of the Faculty of Life Sciences is Ms. Susanne Menschik-Zunzer
  • The Human Resources Department may support only candidates with employment contracts at the University of Vienna: aufenthaltsrecht.personal@univie.ac.at
  • Doctoral candidates not being/getting employed at the University of Vienna, e.g. fellowship holders or self-financed students are supported by the Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation - OeAD, its Homepage is very informative and helpful (e.g. checklists). Contact either via webform or by email recht@oead.at.

6. Navigating through Vienna

Collection of weblinks on topics such as how to purchase the public transport ticket Vienna or Austrian-wide Klimaticket, cultural events, etc. to follow.

"This guide provides you with important information on preparing your and your family members’ entry to Austria and your arrival in Vienna. You will find useful information about settling in and living in Vienna, as well as tips on where to find help and links to institutions which can support you while getting established in Austria." (Jean-Robert Tyran, p.1)

International Office, University of Vienna, May 2020

 

Note: With regard to alien law, we advise to obtain additional information on the official websites of the OeAD,  Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation and the Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for European and International Affairs.