The structure of VISESS is based on the curriculum of the Doctoral Programme in Natural Science of the University of Vienna.

The programme for studies in the Anthroposphere branch are based on the curriculum of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences of the University of Vienna.

Overview of the proposed structure for the 3 year doctoral programme of the University of Vienna.

  • Duration of the programme is 3 to maximum 4 years (including possible two 1/2 year extensions)

  • Students are expected to collect a minimum of 4 ECTS per year of regular PhD courses of their branch plus 2 ECTS of general topics courses provided by VISESS. Compulsory: attendance of 2 summer schools & retreats

  • A total of 3 presentations are obligatory (critical comments & valuable feedback from thesis committee & experts):

    • first year seminar including the research proposal (FÖP)

    • mid-term seminar

    • final seminar prior to the PhD defense

  • Annual report on thesis progress by the student, with input from the supervisor(s) provided to the School Board

  • Every student is invited to find a personal mentor from the group of junior researchers or postdocs