Registering a dissertation topic / Public presentation at the Faculty

According to § 16 (5) of the study law section of the Statues of the University of Vienna as well as § 3 und § 4 of the curriculum for the Doctoral Programme in Humanities, Philosophy and Education, the dissertation project should be submitted by the end of the first academic year. As a rule the dissertation project must be presented in a public presentation at the Faculty.

The basis for the public presentation is a well-founded and sound expose (maximum of ten A4 pages with around 15,000 to 20,000 characters) that includes the research topic and research question, scientific relevance, research goals, sources, methods and theoretical foundations in addition to a work plan and preliminary bibliography.

At the public presentation, candidates present their dissertation projects in the presence of their advisor(s). 15 minutes are planned for each presentation; with the following discussion and consultation of the Doctoral Advisory Board a total of 45 minutes is alloted for each candidate.

A projector and computer are provided.

The presentation schedule can be made only after all registration forms for a particular presentation date have been received. The exact times and location will be sent to the participants by email after the registration deadline.

The Doctoral Advisory Board receives the exposes in advance; therefore, the expose serves as a basis for the presentation but it should not be read aloud. Further tips can be found on the website of the Center for Doctoral Studies under the headings “Expose” and “Public Presentation”.

Be aware that doctoral candidates who are part of, for example, an initiative college, a doctoral college or a Doc-Team are also required to complete the public presentation.

To aid doctoral candidates with the preparation of their expose, along with other aspects of doctoral studies, workshops are offered on an ongoing basis within the initial concept phase of studies. You can find the workshop offerings here.   


Presentation Dates for the winter semester 2022/2023: 

Wednesday, 25.10.2023
Registration deadline: 04.10.2023, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 29.11.2023
Registration deadline: 08.11.2023, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 13.12.2023
Registration deadline: 22.11.2023, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 31.01.2024
Registration deadline: 10.01.2024, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 06.03.2024
Registration deadline: 14.02.2024, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 15.05.2024
Registration deadline: 24.04.2024, 12:00 Uhr

Wednesday, 19.06.2024
Registration deadline: 29.05.2024, 12:00 Uhr


Please register as early as possible since there are a limited number of spaces for each presentation date and it is possible that they will fill up before the registration deadline. Generally, presentations in the fields of cultural studies take place in the morning and those in the fields of history (history, ancient history) in the afternoon.


The presentations can take place all day. The exact times depend on the number of candidate registrations and can be determined only after the registration deadline. (Specific requests may be made before the deadline and will be taken into consideration to the extent possible.)

Registration is completed at the StudiesServiceCenter by submitting the following documents:

 Send all documents to: