The total scope for the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Natural Sciences is 180 ECTS credit points. This corresponds to a prescribed study duration of 6 semesters. Graduates of the doctoral programme at the Faculty of Natural Sciences will be awarded the academic degree “Doctor of Natural Sciences”, abbreviated “Dr.rer.nat.”.

The primary activity of the doctoral students is the respective research work concerning their thesis with related high quality publications. The carefully designed research programme prevents doctoral students from being overloaded with too many lectures and courses.

This formalised education-through-research programme links the Geospatial disciplines with other fields of natural sciences, computer science and social science research. The curriculum is based on the current doctoral curriculum framework at Science Faculty of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), which is on purpose not overloaded with coursework and provides a relatively lean structure. Please find all relevant information concerning the doctoral programme of the Faculty of PLUS here: Doctoral studies.

Overview of the curriculum of the doctoral programme:

  • 150 ECTS Doctoral Thesis
  • 8 ECTS Classes / courses
  • 8-12 ECTS seminars
  • 8-14 ECTS Special efforts