Defense

Registration for the oral defense may not take place before:

     

  • the dissertation has received a positive evaluation, and
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  • the completed record of examinations has been submitted.
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You will be informed by email (to your u:account) about the evaluation of your dissertation and permission to register for the defense. The examination date must set in agreement with the examination chairperson and the examiners, and the StudiesServiceCenter must be notified of it at least 14 days in advance. Use this form: Anmeldung zur Defensio / Registration for doctoral thesis defense.

You may also submit a scan of the completed form by email.

The examination is chaired by a Director of the Doctoral Studies Programme (SPL 41); the (internal) supervisor and at least one reviewer serve as examiners.

The protocol of the defense is as follows:

     

  • 25-30 minute presentation of the dissertation, including response to the reviewers’ evaluations
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  • 30-45 minutes of questions from the examiners
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  • If necessary, further questions, also from others present
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  • The examination board confers Prüfungssentas
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  • The result is announced
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The University of Vienna supports the participation of external reviewers and offers financial support. The University will provide up to 500€ per defense to cover the travel expenses of external examiner(s). If more than one attends, then the amount available per person is accordingly reduced.