Doctor of Philosophy Programme Historical Sciences and European Ethnology

Curriculum (2009W)

As of winter semester 2014/2015 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding doctoral programme please consult this page »

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits

Mode of Study

Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent

Faculty of Philosophy and History

Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)

Study Code
C 094 xxx | C 794 560 xxx

* Information on the Curriculum (2009W)


Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Historical Sciences and European Ethnology requires a university (diploma or) master's degree in a thematically relevant field. Master's or diploma degrees awarded by universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") are considered on an individual basis.

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the doctoral degree programme.

Modules and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules 56 ECTS-CreditsDissertation 120 ECTS-Credits
Reflection on Methods 2 ECTS-Credits Generic Skills 10 ECTS-Credits Interdisciplinary Forum for PhD Candidates 4 ECTS-Credits Reflection on Research  5 ECTS-Credits Active Participation in Scientific Discourse 10 ECTS-Credits Traineeship in Academic Scholarship and Research 10 ECTS-Credits Culture and Society 2 ECTS-Credits The Humanities and Society 2 ECTS-Credits Seminars for PhD Candidates in History 6 ECTS-Credits Doctoral Thesis Defence 5 ECTS-Credits The dissertation is a scientific piece of work which – in contrast to a diploma or master thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way. The dissertation topic has to be chosen from the field of history or European ethnology. In addition, interdisciplinary topics are possible. The student has to propose a team of supervisors, consisting of at least two people (dissertation committee), and to nominate one of them as the supervisor mainly responsible. It is permissible to propose supervisors (with the exception of the main supervisor) from subject-related fields. In justifiable exceptional cases it is possible for students to propose only one supervisor. Prior to beginning the work, the student has to communicate the dissertation topic and names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies. Topic and supervisors are considered as accepted, if the Director of Studies does not veto them by means of a decree within one month after the receipt of the proposal.
Elective Module 4 ECTS-Credits
One elective module must be chosen.

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 71.2= 100%
 2  GOOD:  Generally good, but with some errors 21.3
 3 SATISFACTORY:  Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors 6.6
 4 SUFFICIENT:  Performance meets the minimum cirteria 0.9
 5 INSUFFICIENT:  Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

March 2019

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 und Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d

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