Admission to a doctoral/PhD degree programme with and external degree

You have completed your diploma or master degree programme and want to further your academic career? Here you find information regarding the admission to a doctoral/PhD programme.

 Required documents

You need the following documents as separate JPEG or PNG files:

  • Your passport or personal ID
  • A passport photopraph for your student ID card

Additionally, you need the following documents as separate PDF files:

 Admission period

The application and admission to a Doctoral/PhD degree programme is possible all year round

(exception: PhD in Business, Economics, Statistics).



Your steps in the admission procedure


Step 1: Preparation of the required documents

Scan all required documents (in high resulution) and create separate PDF files. If your documents (i.e. your master certificate, legalisation and translation) comprise various pages, merge them into one single PDF file by means of an online tool of your choice. All your files have to be easily readable. Please check the quality of your files before uploading them!


Step 2: Application for admission via u:space

Register in u:space and activate your u:account. You will need this account during your studies at the University of Vienna.

Log in to u:space, select the degree programme of your choice and upload the required documents as separate PDF files. Then click on "submit application".


Step 3: Wait for your admission letter

The University of Vienna needs at least 12 weeks to process your application. Due to organisational reasons it is not possible to inform you about the status of your application.

During the admission process, the Admission Office will contact you exclusively via the e-mail address you provided in u:space.


Step 4: Personal admission

The admission may be either

  • without stipulations,
  • with stipulations of additional exams (up to a maximum of 60 ECTS) from the bachelor or master programme which you have to pass during your doctoral/PhD programme or
  • rejected due to missing equivalence.

You will be notified about possible stipulations in the letter of admission. They should be done at the beginning of the degree programme if possible.

Please note the separate application periods for the University Preparation Programme of the Vienna Universities (VWU), which you have to attend if a supplementary exam in German was precribed in your admission letter.

You have to present all required documents in their original version or as notarised copies and your admission letter in the Admission Office within the admission period. You have to do this in person as your identity has to be verified. Representation by third parties is not possible! 


What comes next?

As soon as your fee is registered as paid in u:space (Financial Matters > Tuition Fee/Students' Union Fee), you can print your student documents (i.e. student record sheet and confirmation of enrolment) by clicking on Personal Matters > My Documents.

If you are enroled as a non-degree student (= to visit the German course in the VWU) you are not allowed to start to studies. You may only pass exams in the VWU.

If you are enroled as a degree student, you can plan your semester and register for courses during their registration period. These registration periods can be found in u:find and u:space.



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