Informatics, TU Vienna

Vienna PhD School of Informatics

The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is an international PhD School. Students for this program are recruited world-wide, all courses are held in English.

Information for applicants:

The first Call for Applications for the Doctoral College on Resilient Embedded Systems is closed.
Stay tuned for the second one!
All information about the call can be found here .

If you are interested in joining our PhD School (outside the DC on Resilient Embedded Systems), you are welcome to apply! All necessary information on how to apply can be found here.

“The Journey of Research in Computing: Basic versus Applied Research – Specialization versus Multidisciplinarity”, Dec 12, 2018

Key-note talk by Kaushik Roy, Purdue University, followed by a panel dicussion. More information about this upcoming event available here



The Vienna PhD School of Informatics involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The duration of the PhD School is three years. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

No tuition fees have to be paid by students of the PhD School. The first study year of the PhD School started in October 2009.

The PhD School’s curriculum covers the main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics. In addition, it may also imply cooperation with other TU Wien faculties. The school is designed to facilitate the integration of industry, either by defining joint research issues, by offering workplaces (with well-defined research related tasks) during summer breaks, or by sponsoring.

TU Wien aims at positioning this PhD School of Informatics at a high level of excellence within the international community. The vision is to increase both the quality and the quantity of excellent young researchers in the field of informatics.



The Vienna PhD School of Informatics is widely varied in the sense that it covers the main research areas of the Faculty of Informatics, and is not specifically related to one single research topic.

The PhD school intends to generate scientists who…

  • have broad knowledge and expertise in the domain (breadth) as well as contribute to the development of the sciences (depth) through autonomous research,
  • gain new scientific insight and present this comprehensively,
  • gain the ability to solve complex scientific problems in both fundamental and applied research at a high international level according to accepted scientific standards.

The objective of this PhD curriculum is to provide an environment that encourages students to contribute to the advancement of technology through independent creative research. One objective of doing a doctoral degree is to become an independent researcher, capable of generating, pursuing and communicating novel research ideas. Therefore, students will become involved in research activities as soon as possible.


The school is designed as an international one, inviting applications world-wide. All courses are held in English. Students have to attend the school for three years.

Students will be integrated into research groups. Directly after admission each student will be assigned to an advisor, who, together with the student, designs a student-specific curriculum based on the overall curricula.

At an organisational level the school consists of...

  • the Commission of the PhD School,
  • the Director of the PhD School,
  • a pool of internal and external scientists, including the supervisors of the PhD theses and the invited guest lecturers, as well as
  • one administrative assistant.


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