Informatics, TU Vienna

Vienna PhD School of Informatics

The Vienna PhD School of Informatics forms a common roof for the different types of doctoral study programs offered at the Faculty of Informatics.

Information for applicants:

The second Call for Applications for the Doctoral College on Resilient Embedded Systems is closed.
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.

PhD education at the Faculty of Informatics

There are different ways of doing doctoral studies at the Faculty of Informatics.
The basic curriculum is structured into mandatory (“fundamental”) courses and elective (“area”) courses and comprises 18 ECTS of coursework. This is mandatory for all PhD students.
Students of doctoral colleges typically need to do more ECTS (for details please refer to the specific curricula).

For securing their funding, PhD students are typically employed as teaching assistant, as project assistant, or in a doctoral college. It is also possible to do doctoral studies as self-funded student.

Current Doctoral Colleges of the Faculty of Informatics:

Doctoral College on Resilient Embedded Systems
DCCD (Doctoral College: Computational Design)
LogiCS Logical Methods in Computer Science

Standard doctoral program (for all students who are not in a doctoral college)


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 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.

Services of the PhD School

PhD candidates seeking admission at the Faculty of Informatics can submit their applications any time. Based on the submitted application documents, the team of the PhD School will try to find a supervisor within the faculty who might be interested to supervise the candidate through his/her doctoral studies.
The PhD School also organizes guest lectures which are held by internationally renowned researchers (so called Area Courses) and coordinates most of the Fundamental Courses as well as some other specific courses. All these courses are held in English.
An important goal of the PhD School is to stimulate teambuilding by offering social events for all doctoral students of the faculty on a regular basis.
The PhD School also supports PhD students in case of problems with for instance VISA, lodging, etc.