Doctoral School Curriculum
Doing a doctoral study is not just about doing research and writing a thesis. For good reasons, there is also a certain amount of coursework involved. On this page, you will learn how the curriculum gives you the background for your research.
We have a clear commitment to quality in our education that also applies to the doctoral program. With this motivation, we have established a Doctoral School Procedure beyond the curriculum’s basic requirements that precisely defines the steps that need to be taken towards successful completion. Its main pillars are quality assurance, transparency, and fairness.
The basic doctoral curriculum foresees an overall of 180 ECTS, of which 162 are dedicated to elaborating the doctoral thesis, while another 18 ECTS must be contributed by taking courses. Of course, these courses shall support the quality of your research work by providing the necessary methodological foundations and expertise in your specific research area. That is why our standard procedure distinguishes between fundamental courses – of which at least 6 ECTS need to be taken – and area courses. As an offer for the latter, the TU Wien Informatics Doctoral School regularly invites renowned international experts as visiting professors.
Fundamental and Area Courses
- Current Trends in Computer Science, a ring lecture held by our guest professors.
- Course offered by TU Wien Library to give you a broad overview of hot topics in Computer Science cover relevant topics such as scientific work, publishing, and open science.
Please note that elective courses do not count towards the 18 ECTS of your doctoral program but may still be valuable for your research work or further career.
The basic curriculum is the formal underpinning of our doctoral program. We offer the following specific curricula.
- Engineering Sciences Business Informatics / UE 786 175
- Engineering Sciences Computer Sciences / UE 786 881
- Social and Economic Sciences Business Informatics / UE 784 175
- Social and Economic Sciences Computer Science / UE 784 881
The following curricula can no longer be enrolled. Students admitted to these programs can complete them until November 30, 2021, subject to an uninterrupted continuing education report.
- Natural Sciences Subject: Informatics und Informatics Management / UE 791 884
- Social and Economic Sciences Computer Management / UE 784 165
The specific degree you earn depends on the particular curriculum you’re inscribed for.
For the Engineering Sciences curricula, you will be awarded the “Dr.techn.” degree, and for the Social and Economic Sciences the “Dr.rer.soc.oec.” degree.