Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth Sciences

Curriculum (2009W)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study


Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQR/NQR: Level 8

0532 Earth Sciences

Study Code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 655 xxx

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The curriculum is the basis of a degree programme. A look at the curriculum for the PhD Programme Earth Sciences will give you a detailed overview of the structure, content, examination regulations and qualification profile of this PhD degree.

The curriculum can clarify several important questions before you start your studies. For example, which criteria have to be fulfilled for enrolment in the PhD Programme Earth Sciences, how long the programme takes, which modules have to be completed and much more.

The curriculum 2009W currently applies to the PhD Programme Earth Sciences.

Information on the Curriculum (2009W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
available at:
Section: Current Curriculum version.


Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:

Proof of general university entrance qualification:

With the exception of § 64 par. 5 UG 2002, the general university entrance qualification for admission to a doctoral programme shall be demonstrated by the completion of a relevant diploma programme or master's programme or another relevant programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. To compensate for substantial subject-related differences, supplementary examinations may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the doctoral degree programme.

The rectorate may determine which of these supplementary examinations are prerequisites for taking examinations provided for in the curriculum of the doctoral degree programme.

Modules und Dissertation

Dissertation 150 ECTS-Credits
Development and Presentation of Doctoral Concept 4 ECTS-Credits Analysis and Presentation of Own Results I 6 ECTS-Credits Analysis and Presentation of Own Results II 10 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence 5 ECTS-Credits
Elecitve Module5 ECTS-Credits
One Elective Module must be completed. Generic Skills 5 ECTS-Credits Scientific Basics/Core Skills of the Thesis Topic5 ECTS-Credits

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth Sciences have a theoretical and systematic understanding of their research discipline and the methods employed by research in this field. Through their submission of an original piece of scientific work in the field of Earth Sciences, graduates of this program have made their own contribution to research which widens boundaries of knowledge and conforms to the evaluation standards of experts. They develop scientific questions and independently subject them to critical analysis.

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates are qualified junior academics. They have mastered the methods applied in research in their area and are capable of critically discussing, analyzing, and further developing theories. Junior academics possess the competence to develop and conduct substantial research projects with scientific integrity, and they are qualified to reflect on these processes scientifically and theoretically. They are also aware of issues and questions in gender research.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth Sciences offers scientific development in the field of Earth Sciences, which is to be understood as a modern Earth System Science combining field- and laboratory-related research. The career fields for graduates range from engineering, environmental sector, raw material search, material industry to chemical industry.

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading  scheme Definition  %-age
 1 EXCELLENT:  Outstanding performance 71.3= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 17.2
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 9.2
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum criteria 2.3
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Location Innrain 52d

Associate Dean of Studies - Recognition of exams (from 01.03.2024)
Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jasper Moernaut

Dean of Studies (from 01.03.2024)
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl

Informaition for students with disabilities
Disability office

Information about the Programme (in German only)

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