Doctoral programme at the University of Vienna

The doctoral programme of the Faculty of Computer Science gives graduates of Master's programmes the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a research field covered by the Faculty. The goal of the Doctoral programme is to enable students to independently develop the methods used in Computer Science and to implement them for specific purposes in an academic as well as non-academic environment.

Within the framework of this programme, students will attend a certain number of courses to learn about the current state of international research on the one hand, and become familiar with techniques of scientific research by participating in research groups on the other hand. In the course of this programme, students get an overview of current international research activities and projects and are thus introduced to scientific practice.

Even though the main focus of the doctoral programme is on independent scientific research and scientific practice by expanding their knowledge in the field of specialisation selected, doctoral candidates will additionally acquire further knowledge and skills which qualify them for management positions. The main skills acquired include independence, project-based work, self-organisation as well as documentation and presentation techniques.


Standard duration: 6 semesters
Scope of the programme: can be individually arranged
Degree: Dr. techn. / Dr. rer. oec.
Locations: Währinger Straße 29, 1090 Vienna
Directorate of Studies: SPL 44 


» Curricula

Possible topics for dissertation

The Directorate of Studies (SPL) 44 is responsible for the following fields of doctoral research: Computer Science and Business Informatics.

  • Doctoral programme in Natural Sciences and Engineering Sciences in the field of Natural Sciences with a dissertation on a topic in Computer Science (degree programme code A 786 880)
  • Doctoral programme in Business, Economics and Statistics with a dissertation on a topic in Business Informatics (degree programme code A 784 175)

The procedure and forms have been standardised throughout the university (» Download form performance overview). Support in all administrative matters is provided by the » Studies Service Center Computer Science (SSC Informatik).


All » curricula of the doctoral programme took effect on 01 October 2009 and are published in the University Gazette. The fields of doctoral research Computer Science and Business Informatics of the Directorate of Studies (SPL) 44 are governed in the following curricula:

  • Computer Science:
    Curriculum of the doctoral programme in Natural Sciences and Engineering Sciences in the field of Natural Sciences
  • Business Informatics:
    Curriculum of the doctoral programme in the field of Business, Economics and Statistics as well as the doctoral programme in Business, Economics and Statistics

 General procedure

In July 2009, the new Doctoral Studies at the University of Vienna have been set up with a uniform procedure. All information about the procedure, the curricula, and legal framework as well as the organisation and forms can be found here: