Submission and review of the doctoral thesis

Doctoral candidates have to submit the final doctoral thesis to the StudiesServiceCenter for the doctoral programme in Social Sciences, both in printed and electronic form (via, in German only). The thesis has to fulfil certain formal requirements. Please note the relevant information sheet (in German only) and the information regarding copyright and the use of images (in German only) and data protection in the social sciences (in German only). Please check whether the title page of your doctoral thesis fulfils the formal requirements of the University of Vienna.

The thesis is presented to two reviewers. Together with their supervisors, doctoral candidates can propose three experts to act as reviewers (forms SL/D3 and SL/D4 (abstract)). The Studienpräses appoints the reviewers.

Please note that the supervisor of the doctoral thesis MAY NOT be a reviewer. One reviewer should be an external person (external = not a member of the University of Vienna). The second reviewer may be a member of the University of Vienna. Only in special cases, the supervisor can act as a reviewer. In this case, the second reviewer HAS TO BE an external person.

The doctoral candidate has to submit a curriculum vitae and a list of publications of the external reviewer along with the forms SL/D3 and SL/D4. Both internal as well as external reviewers have to be professors, or have a similar adequate position, or be habilitated. Note that the supervisor and the external reviewer may not have regular research-related contact (e.g. joint publications or research projects). However, before you submit the forms SL/D3 and SL/D4 to the SSC, your supervisor/s should ask the suggested person/s whether they are willing and able to review the doctoral thesis within the given time frame.

The reviewers have a maximum of four months after the written submission of the thesis to review the thesis and write their report. Only if both reviewers submit a positive report on the thesis, the doctoral candidate can register for the public defence. If a reviewer assesses the thesis negatively, the thesis is handed to an additional reviewer. If he/she assesses the thesis negatively as well, the overall result is negative. In this case, the doctoral candidate has to revise the doctoral thesis before he/she can resubmit it.

For the submission of your doctoral thesis you need:

  • Three copies of the doctoral thesis, hardbound
    Format: DIN A4 (210 x 297 mm) portrait format, printed on both sides. The page margins should be set in a way that allows binding. Please include a German and an English summary (abstract, 1–2 pages) in the annex.
  • The form “Doctoral thesis submission“ (SL/D6)
  • The form “Assignment of a thesis to reviewers” (SL/D3)
  • The form ”Assignment of a thesis to reviewers – Abstract” (SL/D4)
    Please note: We recommend handing in the forms “Assignment of a thesis to reviewers” and “Assignment of a thesis to reviewers – Abstract” already four weeks before you upload the doctoral thesis. If you suggest one or more external reviewer, you have to add a CV and a list of publications for each one of them.
  • “Bestätigung der Ablieferung” – the confirmation that you have successfully uploaded your doctoral thesis to HOPLA

Please note: When you submit your doctoral thesis, you must have completed all necessary ECTS credits.