What leads to excellence in research? What are the ingredients of success?
Besides curiosity, talent, perseverance and, of course, hard work, structural support is a crucial factor. Therefore, our doctoral programmes and our doctoral school are tailor-made for your doctoral studies!
What charaterices the doctoral programmes at the University of Graz?
- Taught by five up to a maximum of fifteen researchers with a habilitation from the same, similar or completely different disciplines
- High-quality and attractive additional services through best supervision, promotion of (international) professional exchange and connection to the scientific community, as well as lecture and publication opportunities
- Application and selection procedures as well as the required achievements can be found in the respective programme.
Information on the doctoral programmes of the Faculty of Humanities
Ancient cultures of the Mediterranean
"Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean (AKMe)" is a cross-institutional and cross-faculty teaching, research and discussion platform of the Universities of Graz and Innsbruck. Joint and interdisciplinary events give you the opportunity to present dissertation projects and your own research and to discuss them with colleagues.
Are you interested in the complex topic of climate change? The central concern of the international PhD programme on "Climate Change" is the promotion of interdisciplinarity. In addition to methodological support, you will benefit from interdisciplinary exchange and supervision by post-doctoral researchers from different disciplines.
Complexity of Life
Are you interested in complex systems and their interactions? Do you want to contribute to further research on this topic of the future? Unique in Austria and internationally established the profile-building COLIBRI programme incorporates existing expertise at the University of Graz is bundled in the profile-building area COLIBRI. Let this doctoral program support and and promote you and your dissertation project.
Didactics in the subjects of history, social studies and political education
If your dissertation is focused on history or political didactics, you have come to the right place. This doctoral programme offers a forum for theoretical and methodological questions and discussions and it provides contacts with experts in the field of history didactics as well as intra- and inter-university networking.
Teachers from all faculties are involved in this programme and likewise students from all faculties are also welcomed. The programme is designed to provide your with breadth and broad support in the field of gender studies. It can be attended throughout your doctoral degree or just for one semester.
History and sociology of social and cultural sciences
If you are interested in the history of theory and empiricism in your field, in the sociology of science, or in the biography of individual scientists, this is the programme for you: Then this programme is your first choice! In addition to an annual international Spring School, the program also offers its own certificate.
Human Factor in Digital Transformation
Where is the "human factor" in the development, implementation and use of ICT products, services and processes? This question is the focus of the doctoral program "Human Factor in Digital Transformation". Let yourself be guided across disciplines and faculties by scientists from the fields of business analytics, digital humanities, fundamental theology, economics, philosophy, psychology, law, sociology and systems science.
Culture - Text - Action
If you are a graduate in literature, cultural studies, social sciences or law, you are welcome to join this programme. The aim of the programme is an interdisciplinary examination of the theoretical and methodological implications of the concepts of "text" and "action" for dealing with questions in cultural studies.
Human rights and democracy
Human rights affect all disciplines - which is why this programme brings together professors from all faculties and also PhD students from all fields of study. The programme is taught in English and part of it is held as a PhD workshop in Venice. This gives you the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues from other universities and to present your dissertation projects to a broad international audience.
Migration - Diversity - Global Societies
The programme "Migration-Diversity-Global Societies" offers you networking within an interdisciplinary research landscape, as well as professional feedback and support by a team of experts. Support is available at all stage the choice of your topic to publication projects. The programme is designed for doctoral students of all faculties,
Professors from four faculties of the University of Graz (the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Sociel Sciences as well as the Faculty of Theology ) are involved in this programme. You can participate as a philosopher, but also as a scientist from another discipline. Benefit from the variety of different methods and theories, the interdisciplinary support as well as the international networking.
Collecting, Ordering and Communicating. Cultures of knowledge in the 18th century
The aim of this programme is to connect teachers and students internationally through interdisciplinary events (parlour talks, guest lectures, doctoral colloquia, lecture series). You are welcome to dedicate your doctoral thesis to a topic from the "long" 18th century.
Language didactics and language/learning research
This forum for theoretical and methodological questions in the field of language didactics, language teaching/learning research and foreign language acquisition research is part of the Doctoral School of Specialized Didactics and is open to its members. It promotes interdisciplinary professional exchange and enriches through international colloquia and reading circles.
Are you interested in a dissertation related to Southeastern Europe? Then this is the right program for you as a doctoral student from the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, or the Faculty of Theology! You can expect an innovative and international learning platform, formed by doctoral students, professors and international guest experts. Contribute to the modernization of Area Studies and especially to the exploration of new, interdisciplinary questions and perspectives concerning Southeastern Europe.
Comparative social analysis in an international context
Would you like to write your doctoral thesis in the field of international comparative social research and social analysis? You will receive support in this doctoral programme. Interdisciplinarity and internationality are emphasized here - internationally renowned guest lecturers are invited to give talks, and you will also be supported as much as possible during study and research stays at foreign universities.
Visual Cultures and Intermediality
Are you interested in boundaries and border crossings between media and the arts and would like to understand and explore aesthetic conceptions and their impact on image creators and recipients? This programme gives you the opportunity to explore the meaning, intention, reception and context of the visual across all academic disciplines and to analyze its effects in a socio-critical way.
Doctoral School of Didactics
Are you planning a dissertation in the field of subject didactics, teaching or learning research, learning/education/knowledge? The Doctoral School of Subject Didactics is entrusted with the teaching and research of these promising topics and offers you comprehensive opportunities such as exchange, networking, consulting, lecture and publication possibilities and much more.
Within the Doctoral School, the doctoral programme "Language Didactics and Language Teaching/Learning Research" is incorporated. See above for further information.