Doctoral School

The "TU Wien Doctoral School" covers the entire structured doctoral education at the TU Wien. Within this framework, we ensure the implementation of multidisciplinary, structured doctoral programmes on the basis of the curriculum for doctoral studies in Social and Economic Sciences // Technical Sciences // Natural Sciences. Our aim is to provide doctoral students with a strong and productive environment to become competent, responsible and independent researchers who are able to make a significant contribution at the forefront in their respective fields.

For this purpose once a year TU Wien doctoral programs are announced for TU Wien researchers via “Mitteilungsblatt”. They aim to provide young scientists with an excellent and interdisciplinary education based on top international research.
Essential for the application and financing is a strong multidisciplinary training concept over at least 3 years for max. 10 highly motivated students in top research areas of the TU Wien represented by 5 to 10 researchers as faculty. The decision is made by the University Board.
All these thematic programs are bundled in single PhD Schools (e.g. Vienna PhD School for Informatics, Link, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster) under the umbrella of “TU Wien Doctoral School”.

Structured doctoral programs at TU Wien are embedded in a focused and consistent research framework with clear structures regarding selection and admittance, education and transferable skills, supervision, dissertation agreement, progress reports, as well as evaluation and completion criteria. The given structure provides opportunities and sufficient guidance for the students to work and contribute to the given field, working on relevant, non-trivial problems and issues. It is completed with a dissertation that is independently evaluated and publicly defended to a doctoral thesis evaluation committee and public audience (assessment in the viva voce).

The doctoral programs at TU Wien are therefore structured into five phases:

  • Enrolment (announcement, selection and admittance of candidates)
  • Start-up (thesis presentation)
  • Study phase with Mid-term event (profiency exam)
  • Submission of thesis (evaluation)
  • Defense and doctoral degree

TU Wien doctoral programs

currently active:

  • Computational Design (DC: CD) (H. Pottmann), Link
  • BIOINTERFACE - Frontier Research in Nanotechnology and the Life Sciences (G. Kahl), Link
  • Unravelling Advanced 2D Materials TU-D (F. Libisch), Link
  • Trust in Robots – Trusting Robots (TrustRobots), Link
  • bioactive (R. Mach), Link
  • Internet of Things (Prof. Mecklenbräuker)
  • LogiCS — Doctoral College on Logical Methods in Computer Science Link
  • Resilient Embedded Systems (TUW + FH Technikum)


  • CPPS (Cyber-Physical Production Systems) (D.Gerhard), Link
  • Catalysis Materials and Technology (G. Rupprechter)
  • Vienna Graduate School on Computational Materials Science (K. Held) Link
  • Adaptive Distributed Systems (G.Kappel), Link
  • Environmental Informatics (S. Dustdar), Link
  • MEIBio Molecular and Elemental Imaging in Bioscience (M. Marchetti-Deschmann), Link
  • EWARD Energiebewusste Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung (R. Giffinger), Link
  • Partielle Differentialglechungen in technischen Systemen (A. Jüngel) Link
  • AB-Tec Applied Bioscience Technology (M.D. Mihovilovic),
  • Computational Perception (M. Gelautz), Link
  • ENSYS Energiesysteme 2030 (M. Haider), Link
  • Functional Matter (S. Bühler-Paschen), Link 
  • Mathematical Logic in Computer Science (T. Eiter), Link

TU Wien doctoral programs with industry partners

  • URBEM Urbanes Energie- und Mobilitätssystem (T. Bednar), Link
  • SIC! Smart Industrial Concept! (R. Hofmann), Link

FWF doctoral programs

  • CoQuS - Complex Quantum Systems, (J. Schmiedmayer) Link
  • Dissipation und Dispersion in Differentialgleichungen (A. Jüngel), Link
  • Solid Fun - Funktionelle Festkörper (U. Schubert), Link
  • Wasserwirtschaftliche Systeme (G. Blöschl), Link 
  • Particles and Interactions (A.Rebhahn), Link 
  • NanoCell - Nano-Analytics of Cellular Systems (G. Schütz) Link
  • Logische Methoden in der Informatik (H. Veith), Link
  • Molecular Drug Targets (M.Mihovilovic), Link
  • VGSCO - Vienna Graduate School on Computational Optimization Link

FWF - Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, Link, öffnet eine externe URL in einem neuen Fenster