Doctor of Philosophy Programme Atmospheric Sciences

Faculty Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Qualification Level
Doctorate (Third Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 8, EQF/NQF: Level 8
ISCED-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 094 xxx | UC 794 645 xxx
Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

* 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.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)


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

Compulsory Modules
35 ECTS-Credits
145 ECTS-Credits

5 ECTS-Credits

Generic Skills
5 ECTS-Credits

Analysis and Discussion of Research Results
3 ECTS-Credits

Scientific Core Skills
12 ECTS-Credits

Participation at the Academic Discussion
5 ECTS-Credits

Doctoral Thesis Defence
5 ECTS-Credits


The dissertation is a piece of scientific work in a special field of the atmospheric sciences 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 can also consist of articles that are related in terms of subject matter or methods. The quality criteria mentioned in the curriculum are valid. 

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. If work on the dissertation requires monetary or non‐monetary resources from university institutions, the allocation of these resources is possible only if the head of the respective institution has been informed of the planned allocation and has not vetoed it within one month because of significant negative influence on teaching and research. 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.

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Atmospheric Sciences have a 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, graduates of this programme 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

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

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Atmospheric Sciences are able to independently elaborate and present issues in the natural sciences on a very high level of subject-related and methodical expertise. Additionally, students acquire general scientific and communicative competences required from successful professional scientists in leading positions in an academic, industrial, or public environment.

The Doctor of Philosophy Programme Atmospheric Sciences offers scientific development in the academic area and research institutions. The career fields for graduates range from public service and private companies concerned with weather and climate (climate change, air quality, hydrology, natural hazards, alternative energies, environment, consulting, (re-)insurance, engineering and planning offices, transport). 

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 Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies - Recognition of exams
ao. Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Georg Mayr

Dean of Studies
Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Gertraud Meißl 

Information for students with disabilities  

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