TU Wien Informatics

The general PhD Curriculum

Wether you enrol within the framework of a doctoral college or pursue our Standard PhD Program, your activities follow the general PhD curriculum. This curriculum is structured into mandatory (“fundamental”) courses and elective (“area”) courses and comprises 18 ECTS of coursework—this is mandatory for all PhD students. However, as a doctoral candidate in one of our colleges you are required to earn additional ECTS. For securing funding, we typically employ PhD students as teaching assistants, project assistants, or in a doctoral college. It is also possible to do doctoral studies as self-funded student.


Creative and Innovative Research

The framework of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics intends to generate scientists who have broad knowledge and expertise in the domain (breadth) and contribute to the development of the sciences (depth) through independent research. Our graduates gain new scientific insight and are able to present results comprehensively. They are able to solve complex scientific problems in both fundamental and applied research at a high international level and according to accepted scientific standards.

Our objective is to provide you with an environment that encourages you to contribute to the advancement of technology through independent creative research. Our program enables you to become an independent researcher who is capable of generating, pursuing and communicating novel research ideas. To achieve this, you will be involved in research activities as soon as possible.

Our Services

Admission & Relocation Support

If you are seeking admission you can submit your applications at any time. Based on the submitted application documents, our team of the Vienna PhD School of Informatics will try to find a supervisor among our faculty who might be interested to supervise your doctoral studies. Our team also supports you in regards of Visa, accomodation, etc.

Guest Lectures

We organise guest lectures which are given by internationally renowned researchers (so-called ”area courses“). In addition, we coordinate fundamental and other more specialized courses. All these courses are held in English.

Social Integration

We stimulate teambuilding by regularly offering social events for all doctoral students at TU Wien Informatics.

Admission is based on a competitive examination of the applicants, guaranteeing a high level of quality. After a first screening of applications, shortlisted students will be contacted for interviews. Austrian residents will be invited for face-to-face interviews, applicants from abroad will have phone interviews.

The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is open for national and international students (not limited to the European Union). We maintain an objective of a 50% quota of international students and a women's quota of at least 40% (averaged over 3 years). Female applicants are explicitly encouraged to apply and will receive preference when equally qualified. Applicants should have obtained a master's degree with distinction.

Applications for our Standard PhD Program can be submitted at any time. We regularly forward them collectively to potential supervisors among our faculty. For the Doctoral Colleges the Call for Applications’ deadline applies.

Visa/Residence Permit

You might need to apply for a visa or residence permit. Applications have to be submitted to your local and/or responsible Austrian consulate or embassy at least four months in advance of your intended entry at TU Wien Informatics. Therefore we strongly recommended that you get informed about your particular visa requirements and procedures during the application process. You should have obtained the required documents for visa application once you received our confirmation of acceptance.

Accepted students must arrive before the start of studies. Late arrivals can not be accepted.

The following documents have to be sent via e-mail as PDF to phdschool@informatik.tuwien.ac.at:

  1. Application Form
  2. Form for Internal Applicants (TU Wien Master’s degree)
    Form for External Applicants (all others)

  3. Scan of your Identification Document/Passport
  4. Degree Certificates
  5. Scan of your degree certificate (Master’s degree or higher) of a post-secondary education institution including course transcript. The submitted documents should be issued by the universities in English language.

  6. Summary of Master or Diploma Thesis
  7. Describe in max. 2000 characters motivation, methods, and final results of your thesis.

  8. Curriculum Vitæ
  9. Motivation Letter
  10. Explain why you would like to join the Vienna PhD School of Informatics and indicate the research area in which you are interested.

  11. Proficiency in English Certificate
  12. Non-native English speakers need to demonstrate that their proficiency in English meets our requirements. We accept the following certificates:

    TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based, 217 computer-based, or 81 internet-based (TOEFEL DI code: 4465)
    IELTS score 6.0 or higher
    CAE score B or higher

    Native English speakers, or if the primary language of instruction at the university attended was English, do not need to provide proof. Students with higher English scores (IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580/237/88, CAE A) will be preferred. However, command of the English language can be proven in many ways, depending on a student's prior education. In this case, any certificates, diplomas, etc. a student has obtained should be handed in as a part of the application documents. Nevertheless, the TOEFL/IELTS/CAE tests are strongly recommended for PhD School students. Applicants' adequate level of English language will also be surveyed during the application interviews (see above.

  13. Letters of Recommendation
  14. Two letters of recommendation have to be sent by the referees via e-mail to phdschool@informatik.tuwien.ac.at. At least one of your referees should have a scientific background. (Letter of Recommendation template)

  15. Research proposal (optional)