Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth 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-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 094 xxx | C 794 655 xxx
Curriculum
Information on the Curriculum (2009W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant diploma or master's degree or equivalent
Application


* 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: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

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

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
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
65,2

= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
20,5
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
11,6
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
2,7
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


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).

Requirements

Relevant master's or diploma degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the PhD-Programme Earth Sciences 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
25 ECTS-Credits
Dissertation
150 ECTS-Credits

Development and Presentation of Doctoral Concept
4 ECTS-Credits

Analysis and Presentation of Own Results I
6 ECTS-Credits

Analysis and Presentation of Own Results II
10 ECTS-Credits

Doctoral Thesis Defence
5 ECTS-Credits

The dissertation is a scientific piece of work in a special field of the earth 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 the 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.

Elecitve Module
5 ECTS-Credits

One Elective Module must be completed.

Generic Skills
5 ECTS-Credits

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

Qualification Profile and Skills

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth Sciences have a theoretical and 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 in the field of Earth Sciences, graduates of this program 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 for the Doctorate

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 Doctor of Philosophy Programme Earth Sciences offers scientific development in the field of Earth Sciences, which is to be understood as a modern Earth System Science combining field- and laboratory-related research. The career fields for graduates range from engineering, environmental sector, raw material search, material industry to chemical industry.

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
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Roland Stalder

Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Steinicke

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