Dissertation

The main focus of doctoral studies are independent scientific research and writing a dissertation thesis.

Please take note of the following information when writing your dissertation: Information concerning the preparation and submission of academic theses

At the end of the doctorate, the dissertation is assessed by two reviewers. At least one of them ought to be from an institution other than the Universität Wien. The doctoral candidate and the supervisor have the right to propose these reviewers. The supervisor may be called upon as a reviewer only in certain justified cases, and in such cases a qualified external reviewer must also be called upon.

The assessors are appointed by the Studienpräses in consultation with the head of the study programme. After a positive assessment, the dissertation must be defended in a public defensio. 

Only those scholars who have confirmed their willingness to serve as reviewers may be proposed. Especially in the case of external reviewers, initial contact is to be made by the supervisor. Once a reviewer has confirmed her/his willingness, submit the following forms to us:

To apply for the assignmet of reviewers please submit the following documents by E-Mail:

For external reviewers you must also submit additonally:

  • The proposed reviewer’s academic curriculum vitae (one page)

Please send everything to: ssc.historische-kulturwissenschaften@univie.ac.at

We strongly recommend applying for the assignment of reviewers - at the very latest - four weeks before submitting your thesis.  

The assessors are contacted by the Student Service Centre and receive information on the assessment procedure and the conditions of study law (e.g. the 4-month assessment period) as well as on the course of the defensio, to which both assessors are invited according to the guidelines of the programme management.

Submission of the thesis:

The dissertation must be submitted in both electronic and printed form. On this, see:
Information concerning the preparation and submission of academic theses

The following documents are required to submit the dissertation (You need not wait for the plagiarism check!)

1.      Dissertation
You can hand in the printed version in the porter's lodge on campus (Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) Alternatively, you can also send us your work by post.  Please note that you are obliged to hand in your work in any case (§ 86 UG)

Please hand in ONLY the printed copies, no forms or applications  - please send these to us exclusively by e-mail)

Format of the cover page: bilingual,  according to the requirements; here is a sample template.
To fill out the cover page online and print it, click here:

-for female students

-for male students       

The title should be given only in the langauge in which it as approved!!                                                    
You can find a detailed explanation of the title page here.
Co-supervision should be included on the title page only if requested by your supervisor and approved; you were informed about this decision by email.

ATTENTION: Do not confuse the approval of two or more supervisors when your dissertation topic was registered with the separate issue of co-supervision at the University (§ 15 (11) of the Study Law section of the Statutes of the University of Vienna). You may not apply for the latter yourself and only those with the qualifications specified in the University Statues are eligible. If there was no application for co-supervision, do not include this line.

NO curriculum vitae should be bound in the work.

The thisis must contain an abstract in German, and when possible in English (in annex to the text, at least 100 words each, )

If you submit a work in several volumes, a title page must be bound in all volumes and it must also be uploaded this way. On the title page below the title of the thesis make note of "Band 1 von 2 / Volume 1 of 2" (Band 2 von 2 / Volume 2 of 2).

If you submit a joint work, the co-author must be named on the title page. Under your name include the note "gemeinsam mit /in collaboration with".

ATTENTION! Your matriculation number is not included on the cover sheet! However you must include the number of the degree programme found on your student record sheet, for example A 792 312.

2.      Upload confirmation, signed. On this, see:
Information concerning the preparation and submission of academic theses

3.      If relevant, your record of examinations (which can also be submitted separately from the dissertation either earlier or later)

4.     If not already done: Assignment of a thesis to reviewers  + Abstract (This must be turned in with the dissertation at the very latest, though it is strongly recommended to submit this form at least four weeks before dissertation submission; see above.)

5.      If applicable, a final progress report (optional, depending on recommendation of your supervisor)

6.      If applicable, proof of name change (for example, marriage certificate)

If you have an academic degree, make sure that the academic title has been entered completely and correctly in u:space. If this is not the case, please contact the Admission Office!

You will be informed by email (to your u:account) about the evaluation of your dissertation. (The review period is up to four months.)
A positive assessment of the dissertation is necessary before you may register for the public defense.

You will be contacted to arrange an appointment for the defensio.