All curricula share the following characteristics:

  • The programme duration is 3 years,
  • submitting the completed form "Registration of the topic of the doctoral thesis and the supervisors" including a proposal for the doctoral thesis to be approved by the administrative body responsible for study matters within the first year after admission to the programme,
  • public presentation at the faculty,
  • signing a doctoral thesis agreement subsequent to the public presentation,
  • writing a doctoral thesis,
  • public defence of the doctoral thesis in the presence of a chosen panel after its positive assessment by the referees.

Legal basis of all curricula are the Universities Act 2002 and the statutes of the University of Vienna pertaining to study programmes.