Brief description


Degree programme code: 796 305 183
Degree programme: Doctorate
Degree programme duration: 6 Semesters
Degree: Dr.rer.oec
Language of instruction: German
Admission procedure: Click here

You find useful information on the website of the SSC.

Programme outcomes

Interdisciplinary work and networking in the context of legal and commercial issues are increasingly important in practice and academic research.
The doctoral programme in Business and Law provides an excellent opportunity for dealing with this cross-sectional subject. This distinguishes this programme from traditional degree programmes in Business Administration or Law which do not focus on an interdisciplinary approach to a comparable extent.

The doctoral programme in Business and Law at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics enables students to specialise in issues related to private and business law, company law, tax law as well as accounting.

Fields of activity

Depending on the specialisation chosen, a wide range of opportunities both in leadership positions in private and public enterprises as well as in the academic environment of a university or other research institution will open up to graduates of this doctoral programme.


ECTS credits required: 22
Additional requirements may be agreed upon as part of the doctoral thesis agreement.
ECTS credits
Research seminar on the dissertation field7
Course from the field of accounting or auditing5
Seminar from the field of private law/commercial law5
Seminar from the field of tax law5
In addition, students of the doctoral programme have to:
submit an application for approval of the intended doctoral project (within the first year after admission to the degree programme);
give a public presentation of the intended doctoral project at the Faculty;
submit a progress report to the doctoral advisory board in regular intervals, at least once a year;
write the doctoral thesis;
complete the public defence;

Curriculum/Study plan

For all legal regulations and a detailed description of the structure of this degree programme, please refer to the framework curriculum (Rahmencurriculum) and the degree specific curriculum.

Doctoral advisory board:

Approval of the intended doctoral project: The application for the approval of the intended doctoral project has to be submitted within the first year of studies to the competent body responsible for study matters including a confirmation of supervision, a research proposal, a time schedule and a list of resources needed. Students have to present the intended doctoral project in the course of the research seminar. If the intended doctoral project is part of a research project that has already been approved externally, the competent body responsible for study matters may approve the doctoral project prior to the presentation at the Faculty.

Doctoral thesis agreement: The doctoral candidate and his/her supervisor have to conclude a doctoral thesis agreement comprising the name of the student, the student ID number and date of birth, the name of the thesis supervisor, the topic of the doctoral thesis, the research proposal, a time schedule, key information about the extent of supervision (particularly about the frequency of the scheduled feedback meetings between supervisor and student) and the declaration of commitment of the doctoral candidate to abide by the rules and regulations of good academic practice.

Doctoral thesis: We encourage the publication of partial results of the doctoral project in academic journals and their presentation at academic conferences prior to the submission of the doctoral thesis.

Public defence: Following the positive assessment of all subjects of examination and of the doctoral thesis, the doctoral candidate has to defend his/her doctoral project in the final oral examination in front of an examination committee.

Personal requirements

Applicants for the doctoral programme in Business and Law should have achieved excellent academic results in their previous education which should be of relevance to this doctoral programme and which they should have completed in a relatively short time. Furthermore, they should be able to convince the desired supervisor of an interesting topic for their dissertation project.

Graduates of the degree programmes in Business Administration and International Business Administration qualify especially for this programme, provided they acquired profound knowledge in the relevant areas of Austrian private law and tax law in their previous studies. Ideally, applicants have completed a dual degree in Business Administration/International Business Administration and Law.

Students of this programme must be able to deal intensively with academically interesting issues and to solve problems by applying recognised academic methods. We expect students to conduct research independently and to swiftly plan and implement their doctoral thesis project.


Information about the admission are available on the website of the StudiesServiceCenter.

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