PhD Program in Economics and Statistics

 Joint Study Programme of the University of Innsbruck and the Johannes Kepler University Linz  

Faculty Faculty of Economics and Statistics
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 0311 Economics
Mode of Study
Study Code
 UC 794 355 xxx
Information on the Curriculum (2021W) *
Language of Instruction English
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent and Language Certificates

The topic of a dissertation should be aligned with the research interests of potential supervisors. Please check the fakulty pages to learn about the research interests of potential supervisors. It is highly recommended to contact potential supervisors before finally applying to the programme.

* 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.

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:

Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the Johannes Kepler University Linz:

  • Diplomstudium Wirtschaftswissenschaften
  • Masterstudium Economics
  • Masterstudium Economic and Business Analytics
  • Masterstudium Statistics

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 and Dissertation

Compulsory Modules
44/46 ECTS-Credits
134/136 ECTS-Credits

Economics or Statistics

Dissertation Colloquium
2 ECTS-Credits

Advanced Study
6 ECTS-Credits

Generic Skills
4 ECTS-Credits

Core Skills of the Thesis Topic
12 ECTS-Credits

PhD Seminar 
2 ECTS-Credits

Students who write the Dissertation at LFUI must complete the Dissertation Defence following the positive assessment of all Compulsory Modules and the Dissertation.
2 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is a scientific paper that serves to prove the ability to independently cope with scientific questions. The dissertation can be written in one of the following fields:
  • Economics
  • Statistics

The area of economics includes finance as a topic for the dissertation.

The dissertation can be written as monography or as a selection of several articles that are related in terms of methodology or content. An article thesis must consist of a minimum of three articles, at least two of which must have been accepted for presentation at acknowledged international conferences. This requirement can be waived if at least on specialist article has been published or accepted for publication in an internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journal.

Qualification Profile and Skills

The work of the graduates of the PhD Program in Economics and Statistics mainly consist of:
  • to conduct theoretical and empirical research in economics or statistics and to publish internationally in economics or statistics,
  • to apply theoretical and empirical research methods to solve (economic-political) problems and to develop them further for new problems.

Expected Learning Outcomes for the Doctorate

Graduates acquire the ability

  • to write scientific papers that meet the international standards of peer-reviewed publications;
  • to contribute to the international research network; to develop independent research programmes with scientific integrity and to successfully introduce and implement these at national and international research funding agencies;
  • communicate with their professional environment, the scientific community and society in general about their specialist field.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates will find their professional field of activity among other things:
at universities,

  • in research institutions and other post-secondary educational institutions,
  • in research departments of the European Central Bank, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank, of other banks, rating agencies, regional development companies, market research institutions as well as in other companies and commercial organisations,
  • in research departments of international organizations such as the OECD (Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation), EU (European Union), IMF (International Monetary Fund) or the World Bank,
  • in research departments of public institutions, interest groups and NGOs (non-governmental organisations),
  • in politics and the media,
  • in the national statistical institutes, in particular Statistics Austria and the regional statistical offices.

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)

Johann Scharler or Janette Walde
Monday, November 7th 2022 from 4.00 until 6.00 pm

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johann Scharler

Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Janette Walde

Information for students with disabilities

Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

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