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Ph.D. Curriculum

Programme Structure

6 contact hours

4 contact hours of compulsary courses (such as the research seminar for Ph.D. students or an equivalent course)

2 contact hours of elective courses


Dissertation / Thesis

The dissertation has to contain abstracts in English and German of about 500 words each.

Rigorosum in two parts

First part: certificates on courses taken

Seond part: public viva voce (conducted by a commission)


General information on doctoral research at the University of Vienna: click here (in English) or pdf (German)

Admission and curriculum for Ph.D. studies at the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies: pdf (German)



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