PhD - Admission

Confirmation of supervision

The University of Vienna offers a wide range of research opportunities. Nevertheless, it is important to clarify in advance whether your intended dissertation project can actually be supervised at the University of Vienna. For admission, it is the doctoral candidate's responsibility to obtain a confirmation of supervision.

The list of our tenured faculty can be found here.

Admission procedure

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)
  • Finance (PhD)
  • Logistics and Operations Management (PhD)
  • Management (PhD)
  • Statistics and Operations Research (PhD)
  • Business and Law (Doctorate)

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 Economics (VGSE) or the Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF). Please refer to the respective website for admission details:

Application via u:space

In order to apply for admission to a PhD programme at the University of Vienna, you have to create an account 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 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 specific 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:

  • Proof of your English skills. Use one of the following 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 (optional)

In a personal interview, it is to be determined whether the research interests of the applicant match the research areas of the faculty. The personal interview takes place at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics of the University of Vienna. You will be informed about the appointment with the doctoral advisory board via e-mail. If you are abroad, it is possible to conduct the personal interview online.

Admission deadlines

Semester start: October 1/March 1

PhD Economics
February 1 to April 30

PhD Finance
February 1 to April 30

Vienna Graduate School of Economics (VGSE)
All information on the VGSE admission can be found here: https://www.vgse.at/application/requirements/

Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF)
All information on the VGSF admission can be found here: https://www.vgsf.ac.at/phd-program/apply-now/

PhD Logistics and Operations Management
May 15 to June 30
October 15 to December 15

PhD Management
April 15 to June 30
September 15 to December 15

PhD Statistics and Operations Research
March 15 to May 15
October 15 to December 15

Co-registration

Students who want to pass courses and exams at the University of Vienna to get them recognised for their degree programme at a different Austrian university, should approach the Center for Doctoral Studies directly: doktorat.mitbelegung@univie.ac.at

PhD support