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Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences

The Department of Communication at the University of Vienna in cooperation with the Centre of Doctoral Studies offers the possibility of reading for a PhD in Communication as part of the Doctoral Programme in Social Sciences.

A doctoral thesis is an original piece of research of substantial length that makes a genuine contribution to human knowledge and sciences. It is therefore significantly different to a Master thesis and much more demanding. 

The programme is open to research which explores diverse contents, processes, effects, contexts and systematic research questions within the area of communication and media. Successful dissertations can be accessed here.

The Centre of Doctoral Studies at the University of Vienna offers potential doctoral students a structured overview of the requirements as well as the curriculum online. The website of the Centre of Doctoral Studies can be accessed here.

In the menu bar on the left side, under Doctorate – University of Vienna, you can find crucial information regarding administrative procedures. In order to gain registration approval, prospective students have to write research proposal and present it to a special committee. This presentation is public. Further Information can be accessed here.

Dates and times of these public presentations can be accessed under Presentation at the Faculty. Generally two presentations dates are available per semester.

For the doctoral research field "Media Studies and Communication Science" the following is the doctoral advisory board.

When searching for a supervisor for their doctoral thesis, interested students are advised to read through the academic/research profiles of available professors and habilitated scientific researchers with habilitation respectively (see Website of the Department). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to direct your questions to the Centre for Doctoral Research.

For a successful presentation of your exposé, a close collaboration with your supervisor is essential. Your exposé should:

  • be formulated in a clear way
  • be well-grounded
  • be coherent
  • include leading research question and hypotheses
  • focus on the research aim.

Moreover, a clear elaboration on how the method-in-use enables answering the research question is crucial.

The presentation takes about 7 to 8 minutes.


Berger, Arthur Asa (2000): Media and communication research methods. An introduction to qualitative and quantitative approaches. Thousand Oaks/London/New Dehli: SAGE.

Deacon, David (1991): Researching communications: a practical guide to methods in media and cultural analysis. London [u.a.]: Arnold.

O'Leary, Zina (2005): Researching Real-World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquiry. London: SAGE.

Stacks, Don W./Salwen, Michael B. (eds.) (2009): An integrated approach to communication theory and research. 2nd edition. New York/London: Routledge.

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