About the study programme
The Doctoral Programme of Natural Science – Faculty of Environmental and Regional Sciences and Education teaches and fosters a theoretical understanding and methodological skills in academic working in the field of the natural sciences. Doctoral students will tackle unanswered scientific questions independently in their doctoral thesis on the living and non-living world, which they must describe, measure and explain. Specific areas of focus include devising hypotheses, designing experiments, analytical and quantitative methods, logical paradigms, modelling and simulation, computer-based data processing, and visual representation.
Being geared towards producing an original piece of academic work, the doctoral programme requires the ability
- to turn topical questions in the discipline into research projects, as well as to answer them through autonomous research work;
- to engineer the necessary collaboration (which may be interdisciplinary) and the networking within the scientific community (e.g. participation in conferences) that will guarantee a link to current academic discourse;
- to critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas in the relevant area of expertise, and their relevance to overarching historical and social trends.
Students will be admitted to the doctoral school by the dean of studies based on submission of the form entitled “Prequalification and registration for a doctoral programme”.
Those studying for a doctorate in Natural Sciences at the Faculty of Environmental, Regional and Educational Sciences,are expected to register for one of the following doctoral schools depending on the subject of their doctoral thesis:
Doctoral School of Geography and Regional Sciences
Doctoral School of Environmental Systems Sciences
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 post-secondary institution.
The record confirming eligibility for the doctoral programme is to be submitted together with the necessary documents on admission to the academic affairs department.
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Current admission period
Full details of admissions procedures and current deadlines are available on our main page.
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