Supervisors

Ideally, students should start looking for a suitable supervisor for their doctoral thesis already before applying for admission to the PhD programme.

Even though it is not required to name a supervisor when applying for admission, we strongly recommend to start thinking about possible supervisors before you apply for admission. In particular, you should check whether your intended doctoral project can indeed be supervised at the University of Vienna. Even if the University of Vienna does offer a wide range of research opportunities and its academics conduct research on a variety of research areas, not every research topic can be supervised at the University of Vienna.

Please note that admission to the doctoral programme is not necessarily a guarantee that your doctoral thesis can be supervised. It is the responsibility of the doctoral candidates to find suitable supervisors, get in touch with them and obtain confirmation of supervision.

University of Vienna

The Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics at the University of Vienna offers PhD/doctoral programmes in the following fields of doctoral research:

  • Economics (PhD)
  • Logistics and Operations Management (PhD)
  • Management (PhD)
  • Statistics and Operations Research (PhD)
  • Business and Law (doctoral programme)

In addition to the range of degree programmes provided by the University of Vienna, interested candidates have the opportunity to study at the Vienna Graduate School of Finance, the Vienna Graduate School of Economics or the Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization which also offer PhD programmes in cooperation with the University of Vienna.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure at the University of Vienna ends when your application for admission, which has to be submitted via U:SPACE, is accepted or rejected.

The admission procedure is divided in two steps:

  1. Submitting all application documents via U:SPACE
  2. Personal interview following the positive assessment of your application

U:SPACE

In order to apply for admission to a PhD programme at the University of Vienna, you have to create an account for U:SPACE via http://uspace.univie.ac.at. The e-mail address you use for registering at U:SPACE will be used by the Admission Office as your primary contact address for the duration of the application procedure. 

Once you have created your U:SPACE account, you can log on to U:SPACE and access your personal user space. Here you can apply for admission to degree programmes, register for courses and examinations and pay your tuition fees or ÖH fees.
If you would like to apply for admission, please click “Administration” and select “Admission to degree programmes”. 
Now select “PhD/doctorate” under the header “Apply for a new degree programme”.
Search for the PhD or doctoral programme you would like to apply in the search field below.
Please bear in mind that admission is only possible within the general admission period.

The degree programme in Business Informatics is provided and supervised by the Faculty of Computer Science. For further information, please refer to the website of the Faculty of Computer Science.

Application documents

Once you have selected your desired degree programme, you will be asked to upload your application documents. Please note that all documents have to be uploaded in PDF format. 

The following documents have to be uploaded to U:SPACE:

  • Degree certificates of all completed degree programmes (e.g. degree certificates of bachelor's and master’s programmes including all the necessary legislations)
  • Diploma supplement and/or transcript of records
  • Candidates having a non-EU/EEA nationality: Proof of special university entrance qualification
  • If your documents were not issued in English or German, you need to have the documents listed above translated into German or English by an officially registered, certified translator.
  • Scan of your passport/identification card
  • Letter of motivation for your planned research project
  • Explanation of your research project (including research interests and methodological approach)
  • Possible references
  • Proof of your English skills. Use one of the following two options to provide proof of your English skills:
    • Proof that English is your mother tongue
    • Degree of a university or a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) that uses English as an institutional language of instruction
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): at least 250 points (computer-based), 100 points (internet-based), 600 points (paper-based), not older than three years
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): at least 7 points
    • any other equivalent certificate, not older than three years

Personal interview

The personal interview aims at assessing the applicant’s knowledge about the research project, the methodological approach and his/her academic experience.  It is also the goal of the interview to find out whether the applicant’s research interests fit into the research areas investigated at the Faculty. If the research topic extends beyond the Faculty’s fields of research, the supervision of the research topic at the Faculty will not be possible.

The personal interview takes place at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics of the University of Vienna. Applicants will receive an e-mail announcing the exact time and location of the interview.
The doctoral advisory board of the respective PhD or doctoral programme is responsible for organising and carrying out the interview. You will be informed if the doctoral advisory board needs any additional documents (e.g. writing samples, letters of recommendation, etc.). 

If you live abroad, it is possible to do the personal interview via Skype.

Application deadlines

Please note that your application documents will not be taken into consideration if you submit them after the application deadline.

PhD programme in Economics
Winter semester 2017/18: 1 February 2017 until 30 April 2017

PhD programme in Finance
Winter semester 2017/18: admission in two rounds (details available at http://www.vgsf.ac.at/application/):
First round: application deadline 30 November 2016 – admissions in December
Second round: application deadline 31 January 2017 – allocation of the study places that are still available

PhD programme in Logistics and Operations Management
Summer semester 2017: 15 October 2016 until 15 December 2016
Winter semester 2017/18: 15 May 2017 until 30 June 2017

PhD programme in Management
Summer semester 2017: 15 October 2016 until 15 December 2016
Winter semester 2017/18: 15 May 2017 until 30 June 2017
PhD programme in Statistics and Operations Research
Summer semester 2017: 15 October 2016 until 15 December 2016
Winter semester 2017/18: 15 May 2017 until 30 June 2017

Contact and help

 For questions regarding the degree programme, please contact:

phd.wiwi@univie.ac.at                                                                                                          info.doktorat@univie.ac.at                                                                                                      ssc-wiwi@univie.ac.at

 

 

Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization

The Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization is a cooperation between the University of Vienna (Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, Faculty of Mathematics, Faculty of Computer Science), the Vienna University of Technology and the Institute for Science and Technology. It offers a doctoral programme providing candidates with a first-class education in optimisation with particular focus on algorithmic and computer-based aspects.

New entrants were admitted in the academic year of 2016/2017. Currently, there is no admission of new students.

For further information, please see here: VGSCO

 

Contact and help

For questions regarding the degree programme, please contact:

vgsco@univie.ac.at

info.doktorat@univie.ac.at

ssc-wiwi@univie.ac.at


Project leader:

Georg Pflug
Department of Statistics and Operations Research, University of Vienna
georg.pflug@univie.ac.at

Deputy project leader:
Monika Henzinger
Faculty of Computer Science, University of Vienna
monika.henzinger@univie.ac.at

Vienna Graduate School of Economics

In addition, the Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE) – a cooperation between the University of Vienna and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) – offers a PhD programme in Economics The VGSE has its own admission procedure.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure for the PhD programme in Economics at the VGSE comprises two steps:

  1. Submitting all the necessary application documents
  2. Personal interview

Application documents

  • Application form (available during the application term)
  • Application documents in PDF format, arranged in the following order:
    • Curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum)
    • Letter of motivation (1 page)
    • Research project (1-2 pages)
    • Degree certificates of all completed degree programmes (bachelor’s and master’s programmes)
    • Translations of the documents into German or English by an officially registered, certified translator
    • List of syllabi studied in the master’s courses (content and literature) on:
      • Microeconomics
      • Macroeconomics
      • Econometrics
    • GRE test results (DI code 6733)
    • English test results (TOEFL code number 6757, or IELTS test, or waiver request)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (these have to be sent directly to application@vgse.at)

 

Personal interview

Personal interviews are conducted with selected applicants.
If necessary, the interview can also be held via telephone or Skype.

 

Application deadlines

Application deadlines end in January and April every year. For further information, please refer to the website of the VGSE.

Contact and help

Frequently asked questions are available in the FAQ section.

For questions regarding the degree programme, please contact:

application@vgse.at

info.doktorat@univie.ac.at

ssc-wiwi@univie.ac.at

Vienna Graduate School of Finance

The dissertation field of finance is available as a degree programme at the Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF). The VGSF is based on a cooperation between the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Institute for Advanced Studies and has its own admission procedure.

Admission procedure

The admission procedure for the PhD programme in Finance at the VGSF comprises two steps: 

  1. Submitting all the necessary application documents
  2. Personal interview

Application documents

Applicants have to upload the following documents in PDF format using the Online Application Tool:

  • Target declaration
  • Degree certificates of all completed degree programmes
  • Proof of competences (syllabus) in Financial Economics and in Mathematics and/or Statistics
  • Translations of all documents into German or English by an officially registered, certified translator (please also include grading scales and assessment schemes)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Test results of one of the following tests: GMAT or GRE (code number 9618) Uploading these test results is mandatory. Please make sure that the test results are not older than five years.
  • 2 letters of recommendation: Applicants must submit at least 2 letters of recommendation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to organise these. Please specify the names and e-mail addresses of the persons who will write the letters of recommendation for you in the Online Application Tool. Letters of recommendation must be sent to office@vgsf.ac.at by the persons who wrote them and not by the applicant himself/herself.  Letters of recommendation must be sent within the application period. Letters of recommendation submitted after the application deadline has expired will not be taken into consideration.
  • Proof of your English skills. Use one of the following options to provide proof of your English skills:
    • TOEFL (code number 9618), not older than two years: at least 600 points (paper-based), at least 250 points (computer-based), at least 100 points (internet-based), at least 600 points (paper-based)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System), not older than two years: at least 7 points (no band below 6)
    • CAE
    • TOEIC, not older than two years: at least 800 points
    • CPE
    • BEC Higher
    • any other equivalent proof (e.g. degree certificate of a degree programme that uses English as a language of instruction, English-language master’s thesis, exchange programme, internship)

Personal interview

Selected candidates will be invited to a personal interview. The place and time of the interview will be announced in time. Personal interviews will take place in February.

Application deadlines

You can submit your application via the Online Application Tool only between November and January.
Please note that we will only take applications into consideration that were handed in within this application period.

Contact and help

For questions regarding the degree programme, please contact:

adrian.baron@wu.ac.at

christine.neumeyer@univie.ac.at

info.doktorat@univie.ac.at

ssc-wiwi@univie.ac.at