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Course Duration/ ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degreeDoktor/in der Naturwissenschaften (Dr. rer. nat.) oder
Doktor/in der Philosophie (Dr. phil.)
Doktor/in der technischen Wissenschaften (Dr. techn.)
Admission Requirements
and Curriculum
· Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s and a Master’s
degree in the same or comparable subject from a
university, a ‘Fachhochschule’ (advanced technical college)
or a comparable degree in an equivalent or related field
from an accredited Austrian or foreign institute of
higher education.
· Applicants must pass the qualitative selection process to determine their eligibility.
Details on the selection process are explained in the curriculum. 
· Curriculum
Language of instruction German Proof of language proficiency
Dates and Deadlines· The dates and deadlines change every semester.
· The current deadlines and dates can be found here.
Information for students
Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences University Salzburg
Doctoral Programmes

Are you already a student at the PLUS and want to take up this study program as well – or switch? Please contact the Office of Admissions via the link below.

If you still need help or advice after enrolling (registering for a study program), you will find important links here.

Contact office of admissions


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What will I learn?
Graduates of the doctoral programmes at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences have a profound knowledge of the current state of international research in the field of their dissertation and a good understanding of related fields of research. They are able to work independently with relevant scientific questions and to publish the results in the various media of international science. They are qualified to develop new ideas and methods for research, the industry and further domains of applications, as well as to promote and guide the new generation of scientists. They serve as models of scientific and professional integrity. Of significant importance is the instruction in original research and in the building of hypotheses in the face of complex questions, and in developing the ability to think independently in the face of established doctrines. 

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What makes Salzburg so special as a place to study?
Its location alone makes the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg one of the most beautiful universities in the world. With its six faculties it offers the intellectual surroundings for a profound and interdisciplinary debate of current research questions. This provides graduates of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg with an eminent advantage in comparison with other places of research, which are certainly demanding, but one-dimensional. Furthermore, doctoral students in Salzburg benefit from an exceptionally considerate individual support.

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Which career opportunities do I have?
A doctorate at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences qualifies graduates for leading professional positions at universities, advanced technical colleges, public institutions and business enterprises. In particular, graduates will be able to provide intelligent answers and possible solutions to the complex social and scientific questions of our time. 



Univ.-Prof. BEng. Dr. BSc. John Dunlop
Head of the curriculum committee Doctoral Programmes at the Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences

Jakob Haringer Str. 2A, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 662 8044-6203

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