TU Wien Informatics

Doctoral Colleges

Deep integration with our research units enriches the experience of graduating from our doctoral program. Your own research will be embedded into a larger context in a Doctoral College, which gives extra opportunities for cross-fertilization and often also networking with industry partners.


In Doctoral Colleges, several doctoral students' individual research areas are aligned to a common topical focus. This is complemented by a dedicated organizational structure that fosters interaction among the students (and their supervisors alike). And although the Doctoral Colleges are still bound to the respective basic curricula and the Doctoral School Procedure as a minimum requirement, they often have their own regulations for the coursework on top of those.

Current Doctoral Colleges

DC GCD: Geometry and Computational Design

Situated at the interface of several areas of excellence in research: Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Software Technology and Interactive Systems, Computer Aided Automation, Discrete Mathematics and Geometry, Architectural Sciences, Art and Design, History of Art, Building Archaeology and Restoration, Interdisciplinary Construction Process Management and Mechanics of Materials and Structures.

DC LogiCS: Logical Methods in Computer Science

Aims at developing new logical methods in the areas of Databases and Artificial Intelligence, Verification, and Computational Logic, and applying them to solving problems in emergent areas like Security and Privacy, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Distributed Systems.

DC RES: Resilient Embedded Systems

Investigates novel methods to design, verify and implement safe, secure, and dependable computing architectures subject to real-time constraints.

DC SIC!: Smart Industrial Concept!

Aims to develop ways to optimize the use of energy in industrial plants, including energy conversion, distribution and storage, and to investigate their interaction with the basic conditions of the energy industry.

DC SafeSecLab: Safety and Security in Industry Research

Elaborates suitable system architectures for networked industrial production facilities that consider safety (the operation of the system must not pose any threat) as well as security (protection against unauthorized manipulation).

DC SecInt: Secure and Intelligent Human-Centric Digital Technologies

Aims to develop the scientific foundations of secure and intelligent human-centric digital technologies.

DC TrustRobots: Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots

Comprehensively analyses “trust” in the context of robot technology from various perspectives including but not limited to social sciences and economics, computer science and mathematics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and architecture

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I join a doctoral college?

Typically, a Doctoral Collage is anchored at one of our research units, so you can build on existing experience and infrastructure within an established group. In addition, several doctoral candidates' individual research areas are aligned to a common topical focus to foster interaction among the students (and their supervisors alike).

Do I have to join a Doctoral Collage?

No, if you fulfill the admission criteria, all it takes is a supervisor with whom you agree on a topic of your thesis. Doctoral Collages do offer much deeper integration in our research activities though, so we highly recommend checking them out.

How do I join a Doctoral College?

The general admission rules for our doctoral program also apply to all our Doctoral Colleges. In addition, each college may have its own set of rules and requirements and typically, Doctoral Colleges have dedicated calls with restricted submission windows. Please visit their websites (see above) to find out more.

Do Doctoral Colleges have extra course requirements?

The topical focus of Doctoral Colleges already suggests a focus with respect to the courses as well. So often, you will find a more restricted selection of area courses, plus, in some cases, an additional list of courses that need to be taken. Please visit the websites (see above) for their specific regulations.