Doctoral students extend and enhance their theoretical and methodological expertise and skills in the field of law. In their doctoral thesis, which may also address an interdisciplinary topic, they work independently to explore new academic questions. The aim of the Doctoral Programme of Law is to further develop the ability to conduct independent academic work, and to train and support early career researchers in law. Doctoral students must have the ability to pursue independent academic work which will contribute new insights to the understanding of law.
Doctoral students earn this qualification for academic work through comprehensive and intensive study. The choice of an interdisciplinary topic, combined with the study abroad periods which are desirable as part of the doctoral programme, enable students to address current issues in law through research projects, to undertake independent research and present their findings, and so to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in their branch of the subject, at a national and international level. In addition to the purely academic skills, this also equips them for critical analysis and reflection, objective discourse and professional presentation of their research findings, and enables them to evaluate and summarise complex ideas in their area of expertise, with due consideration of the socioeconomic and sociocultural context.
The doctoral programmes at the University of Graz are run collaboratively by several faculty members from the same, similar or completely different subject areas, providing a high-quality, attractive academic extension for a limited number of doctoral students, with the aim of furthering scholarly debate and understanding. Participation is voluntary and by application.
Graduates are qualified for roles as early career academics and researchers in universities and non-university institutions, enabling them to contribute to the development of the international knowledge community in academic and professional roles; some are destined for traditional law careers, and to use the extensive knowledge they have acquired to make a difference in the field of law and to work for the benefit of society.
A prerequisite for admission to the doctoral programme at the University of Graz is a degree or diploma in a relevant subject area from a recognised Austrian or foreign tertiary institution.
Admissions/applications are handled by the academic affairs office. After admission to the doctoral programme, the topic for your doctoral thesis must be submitted in writing to the dean’s office within two semesters at the latest.
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