Admission to the PhD Programme in Sport Science

To be able to apply for the PhD in Sport Science, the applicant must hold a master's degree in the intended field of research or an equivalent, master-level degree programme in the field of sport science at a recognised Austrian or international institution of tertiary education.  In addition, supporting documents to assess the applicants qualification have to be submitted (see below). The application will be reviewed by the Director of Studies Programmes. Please note, the processing of your application can take several weeks. 

The application takes place online via u:space and is possible throughout the year. Please note that you have to renew your enrollment every semester. This has to take place within the regular admission period.


The application and admission to the PhD programme in Sport Sciences is open throughout the year.

 Semester start

  • winter semester: 1 October
  • summer semester: 1 March

Schedule of the academic year


Please also read the FAQs. Here you will find further useful information for your application.

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Required documents

  • Supporting documents proving academic success in previous studies
  • Expert opinion on previously written theses and articles which have already been published
  • Evidence of previous professional experience, provided that this is a special qualification required for the intended doctoral project
  • Letter of motivation
  • Description of the intended doctoral project and its methodology
  • Indication of Willingness to Supervise a Doctoral/PhD Candidate

If you have a degree from another university or university of applied sciences, please additionally submit the following documents: 

  • Your passport or personal ID
  • A passport photograph
  • Your bachelor and master/diploma certificates and transcripts with the required legalisation for the issuing country
  • All for the application process necessary documents have to be translated, if they are not issued in German or English. This translation has to be done by a court sworn translator after the documents were legalised.

Your steps in the admission procedure

  • Step 1: Application for admission via u:space

Register in u:space and activate your u:account. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.
Log in to u:space, select the degree programme of your choice and upload the above mentioned required documents as PDF. Then click on "submit application."

Please note: Documents that have already been processed in earlier applications are saved in your application as "Nachweisvorhanden.pdf" or "pseudo.txt" and do not have to be uploaded again.

As soon as the status of your application in u:space is "submitted", the admission office will take care of your application.

Please note that any missing or formally incorrect document will prolong the processing time and lead to a later admission. Only submit your application once you uploaded all required documents. The admission office needs several weeks to process your application.

  • Step 2: Waiting for your admission letter

Due to administrative reasons it is not possible to inform you about the status of your application. Your admission letter will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in u:space.

  • Step 3: Admission to the doctoral programm

The admission may be either

  • without stipulations,
  • with stipulations of additional exams (up to a maximum of 60 ECTS) from the bachelor or master programme which you have to pass before the public presentation or
  • rejected due to qualitative deficiencies

You will be notified about possible stipulations in the admission letter. A seperate admission to a bachelor/master programme to participate in the required courses is not necessary. Please note: Required stipulations need to be passed before the public presentation!

You are admitted as soon as the prescribed tuition fee/students' union fee is registered as paid.


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