Doctor of Philosophy Programme Architecture 

Fakulty Faculty of Architecture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 Semester / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Graduate Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQF/NQF: Level 8
ISCED-F 0731 Architecture and Town Planning
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 794 715 xxx
Information on the Curriculum (2021W) *
Language of Instruction German / English
Admission Requirements Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2021W)

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.

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Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent:

Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the doctoral programme in Architecture 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 und Dissertation

Compulsory Modules
150 ECTS-Credits

10 ECTS-Credits


Doctoral Thesis Defence
5 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is a scientific treatise that represents an advance in scientific knowledge within the research field and the discipline. In contrast to the Diploma and Master’s Thesis, it serves as proof of the ability to deal with scientific questions independently. It can consist of a monograph or a cumulative work, i.e. articles that are related in terms of content or method. The topic of the Dissertation is to be taken from the field of architecture. In the case of a dissertation that follows a design or practice-oriented, or a creative-hypothetical working method (see quality profile), the dissertation consists of a written, reflective text part of works of own authorship (drafts, buildings, other realised works, cinematic works, drawings , models, exhibitions, installations, etc.), or a reflection of work processes within the framework (summary). Here, too, a distinction is made between the basic formats of the monograph and the cumulative dissertation, depending on the structure and content.
Elective Modules
20 ECTS-Credits

Elective modules equal to 20 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The “Doctor of Philosophy” Programme Architecture gives graduates of the Diploma and Master’s Programme Architecture the opportunity to generate new knowledge on specific issues in architecture, to bring their research and/or practical work in a scientific context and to communicate the resulting knowledge gain. They have the necessary skills to position themselves successfully in a national and international environment.
The study programme promotes various innovative research fields and methods within the discipline of architecture. In addition to the established scientific formats, this also includes approaches that aim to develop creative and artistic processes or architectural practice, such as research by design, practice-based research or arts-based research.  The study programme serves the further development and qualification for independent, scientific, interdisciplinary work as well as the training and promotion of young scientists on the basis of diploma and master’s programmes.

Expected Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the “Doctor of Philosophy” Programme Architecture are well acquainted with the methods and approaches of current practical and theoretical research in architecture. They have the necessary knowledge, skills and competences for developing and implementing methodically flawless solutions for interdisciplinary questions that are directly related to architecture.

Graduates are able to scientifically contextualise and further develop research areas of architecture as well as to apply the acquired skills across disciplines and thus to contribute to the advancement of scientific and artistic knowledge on an international level.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The graduates are able to plan and analyse in university and non-university (research) institutions in their research area. Possible professional activities are primarily scientific work at universities, in research institutions and other post-secondary educational institutions, in research departments of public and private, national and international institutions and in leading positions in organisations.

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.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

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
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 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). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Technikerstraße 17 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christiane Weber, MA

Information for students with disabilities

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