The Doctoral Programme of Philosophy enables students who have completed a master’s programme (or another equivalent study programme) to write an independent and innovative academic paper in the form of a doctoral thesis. Doctoral students are to be introduced to international-standard research in the humanities as they uncover new research findings on their own.
Students in the Doctoral Programme of Philosophy will gain a high-level qualification in the research disciplines of the humanities through their study programme and, in particular, the preparation of their doctoral thesis. By tackling topical academic issues, doctoral students will acquire the skills they need to conduct independent research and thus help to expand the boundaries of academic knowledge. By sharing and discussing their research findings on a regular basis, students are to acquire key skills for communicating their specialist knowledge on an academic, didactic and generally comprehensible level, since the same skills are also relevant to areas of work outside research.
The doctoral programmes at the University of Graz are run as a network of persons with habilitation qualification from the same, similar or completely different subject areas, providing a high-quality, attractive additional qualifications for a limited number of doctoral students, with the aim of furthering scholarly debate and understanding. Participation is voluntary and by application.
As junior researchers, graduates of the Doctoral Programme of Philosophy will be qualified to conduct university and non-university research, enabling them to help develop the knowledge society in consideration of the interrelationship between society and the economy. Experience in project management and the ability to communicate specialist knowledge are vital skills for activities both within and outside the world of research.
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.
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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