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The Doctoral School imparts the methods and knowledge required to carry out independent architectural research at a high scientific level. Through research-based study, students gain in-depth knowledge in various architectural fields. The Doctoral School offers doctoral students the opportunity to carry out individually-supervised scientific work in both basic and applied research on current architectural issues.

The writing of a dissertation constitutes the core of the doctoral program. The choice of dissertation topic is closely linked to the choice of the supervisor. This supervisor supports the doctoral student with writing the dissertation and with recommendations for relevant research colloqia, conferences or conventions, where results of the ongoing research can be presented to a broader public audience. Both in the preliminary stages of research and during the writing of the dissertation, doctoral students attend 14 hours of courses per week, selected from a catalog of compulsory subjects. The Doctoral School´s language of instruction is English. The period of stdy for the doctoral degree is most often six semesters (3 years) and concludes with the conferring of the academic title of Doctor of Technology (Dr.techn.).

Course Catalog | Credit Allotment

"Scientific Methods and Communication (6 – 8 hours/week obligatory):

*The research tutorial facilitates the professional exchange between doctoral students and supervisors in relation to the chosen dissertation topic.

"Field-specific Core Subjects (6 – 8 hours/week recommended):

Courses from the master's level of architecture studies can also be selected, provided that they have not already been taken in the earlier program (master´s degree or diploma) that qualified students for admission to the doctoral school. Upon request to the Dean of Studies (Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Anselm Wagner) and after consultation with the supervisor, courses from other faculties as well as from other universities may be selected.


Head of the Doctoral School of Architecture:
Univ.-Prof. B.Sc (Hons). CEng MCIBSE
Brian Cody
Tel. +43 (316) 873 - 4750

Academic Dean:
Univ.-Prof. Mag.phil. Dr.phil.
Anselm Wagner
Tel. +43 (316) 873 - 6270

Dean's Office:
Ing. MSc
Barbara Herz
Tel. +43 (316) 873 - 6110

Student Representative:
Dipl.-Ing. BSc
Nina Alisa Habe