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Course Duration / ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Doktor/in der technischen Wissenschaften (Dr.techn.)
Faculty Faculty of Natural Science
ModeFull time
Study ID
796 700
Admission Requirements In order to be admitted to the doctoral programme in Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, 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.

What will I learn?

Graduates of the doctoral programme in Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Natural 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 of their work 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. 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, is particularly important. 

Which career opportunities do I have?

A doctorate in Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences qualifies graduates for leading professional positions at universities, advanced technical colleges, public institutions and business enterprises. In particular, graduates are able to provide intelligent answers and possible solutions to our time’s complex questions of society and science. 

Why Salzburg?

Its location alone makes the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg one of the most beautiful universities in the world. With its four classical 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.

How is the course structured?

The doctoral programme in Technical Sciences at the Faculty of Natural Sciences comprises three modules of 30 ECTS credits in total. Students will earn 150 ECTS credits for their dissertation. This also includes the disposition of the dissertation (12 ECTS credits), its oral presentation and the defending of the doctoral thesis (8 ECTS). 


Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannelore Breitenbach-Koller

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hannelore Breitenbach-Koller
Head of the curriculum committee Doctoral Programmes at the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Hellbrunnerstr. 34/I, 5020 Salzburg
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