According to the curriculum, doctoral candidates have to obtain 30 ECTS credits to complete the doctoral programme in Social Sciences. At least 20 ECTS credits must be obtained through courses from the doctoral programme of our Faculty (DSPL 40), of which at least 15 ECTS credits must be obtained through courses with continuous assessment. All activities which are linked to the doctoral thesis (attending academic workshops, holding presentations at international conferences, subject-related aspects in the organisation of academic events, academic practical courses, teaching, participation in research projects, etc.) may be considered achievements relevant to the Curriculum (recognitions). Before the conclusion of the doctoral thesis agreement, doctoral candidates may complete courses with continuous assessment comprising 10 ECTS credits.

The doctoral programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences consists of the following course types:

  • Research Colloquium (5 ECTS credits each)
  • Theory Seminar (5 ECTS credits each)
  • Methods Seminar (5 ECTS credits each)
  • Research Workshop (5 ECTS credits each, prerequisite for participation in the Research Workshop is the successful completion of the public presentation at the Faculty)

All course types are offered each semester.

Generally, all courses of the doctoral programme aim at conveying the following contents and objectives:

  • deepening the knowledge of one’s field of doctoral research
  • combining disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity
  • reflecting one’s research work methodically and theoretically
  • discussing, reflecting and elaborating the research approach

Research Colloquium (5 ECTS credits)

Research Colloquia serve as forums for the presentation and discussion of doctoral candidates’ research projects together with peers and the lecturer. They have a subject-specific focus to ensure the compatibility of the doctoral projects with specific disciplinary discourses. Students of other degree programmes may participate. However, the clear focus is on subject-specific contents, concepts, theories, methodological approaches and new developments (maximum number of participants: 15).

Theory Seminar (5 ECTS credits)
In courses of this type, current theories and/or approaches of social science research are presented and debated. These courses convey profound knowledge of theoretical debates – if possible also based on empirical examples. The courses aim at a critical reflection of different theories and approaches. Doctoral candidates learn how to specify the research approach used in their doctoral theses in view of other approaches (maximum number of participants: 15).

Methods Seminar (5 ECTS credits)
The Methods Seminars aim at conveying knowledge of qualitative/interpretative and/or quantitative procedures for collecting and evaluating data and material. Participants learn to apply specific methods in the context of different research approaches, based on the doctoral candidates’ research. Participants learn to develop their own approach regarding research concepts and practical implementation, to compare it to other approaches and, if necessary, combine different approaches. The course is especially aimed at students who are at the beginning of their doctoral studies (maximum number of participants: 15).

Research Workshop (5 ECTS credits)
Research Workshops have a duration of two semesters and are open to students of all academic disciplines. They focus primarily on the empirical implementation of the participants’ projects. The Workshops focus on concrete steps and on the analysis of empirical material that has already been collected. This analysis is based on the methods specified in the research proposal with which doctoral candidates are already familiar. The lecturers offer solution-oriented guidance about the practical implementation of specific steps. In addition, participants support each other through intensive peer feedback and work in small peer groups. If required, the Faculty offers one workshop focusing on qualitative/interpretative aspects, and one workshop with a more quantitative emphasis. Students can attend the course in both the winter semester and the summer semester. Prerequisite for participation in the Research Workshop is the successful completion of the public presentation at the Faculty (maximum number of participants: 15).
The Directorate of Doctoral Studies recommends that doctoral candidates participate in each type of course during their doctoral studies.

Visiting scholars

The ViDSS strengthens education and international networking of doctoral candidates by organising and promoting seminars, workshops and guest lectures by/with international scholars from outside the University of Vienna.

Course registration

If you would like to attend courses with continuous assessment, you have to register via u:space.

You cannot attend courses with continuous assessment without registering. Places for courses with a limited number of participants are allocated according to a preference system.

You have to attend the first unit of the course, even if you registered for it. If you do not attend the first class without excuse, your place will be given to people on the waiting list. You can deregister from the course until the end of the deregistration period. If you do not deregister within the relevant deregistration period, or if you drop out of the course without giving a valid reason, you fail the course.