Doctoral Programme Architecture

As of winter semester 2021/2022 this programme is no longer open to new entrants. For information on the succeeding master’s programme please consult this page »

Fakulty Faculty of Architecture
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 Semester / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Graduate Doktorin/Doktor der technischen Wissenschaften (Dr.techn.)
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 786 xxx | UC 796 705 xxx
Information on the Curriculum (2010W) *
Language of Instruction German / English
Admission Requirements Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2010W)



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
120 ECTS-Credits

Scientific Basics/Core Skills of the Thesis Topic
10 ECTS-Credits

Reflection on Research I
5 ECTS-Credits

Dissertation Project
10 ECTS-Credits

Doctoral Thesis Defense
5 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is a scientific piece of work which – in contrast to a diploma or master‘s thesis – serves to prove the student's ability to cope with scientific questions in an independent way.

The dissertation topic must be chosen from the field of architecture.

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.

The student has to communicate the dissertation topic and names of the supervisors in writing to the Director of Studies prior to beginning the work. 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 Modules
30 ECTS-Credits

Elective modules equal to 30 ECTS-Credits have to be completed.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The doctoral programme serves to

  • deepen the knowledge acquired in the master's programme;
  • acquire the ability to solve complex scientific problems in basic and applied research and to design at a high international level.
  • acquire the competence to plan and conduct research and design work independently.

The doctoral dissertation serves to

  • demonstrate the ability to treat an architectural issue independently, at a high technical level, and in proper scientific and methodological manner.

Expected Learning Outcomes

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 dissertation enables its holder to pursue the profession of a scientist and offers the opportunity to qualify for leading positions in and outside higher education and research.

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
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Karolin Elisabeth Schmidbaur

Information for students with disabilities

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