Code of Good Practice

The Code provides guidelines for good practice that are binding for all doctoral schools at the University of Vienna. It lays down the responsibilities of supervisors, doctoral candidates and the director of the doctoral school.

 Main Responsibilities: Supervisor

  • promotes the scientific development of the doctoral candidate to become an independent researcher
  • commits her-/himself to supervise the doctoral candidate for the duration of the PhD project and provides regular comments on the candidate’s progress and her/his manuscripts and doctoral thesis draft;
  • clarifies the expectations for supervision using the available forms: for admission, the doctoral candidate and all supervisors sign the indication of willingness to supervise the doctoral candidate and a doctoral thesis agreement, which is amended through annual progress reports once a year;
  • supports the doctoral candidate to prepare the public presentation at the end of the first study year;
  • ensures together with the director of the school that the candidate can devote sufficient time for her/his own research, her/his personal and professional development and the activities offered by the school;
  • ensures together with the director of the school that the candidate has access to relevant infrastructure;
  • encourages that the results are presented and published in relevant outlets;
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 Main Responsibilites: Doctoral candidate

  • fulfils the requirements of the doctoral school, the curriculum and the doctoral thesis agreement agreed upon at the time of admission, especially the public presentation at the end of the first study year;
  • presents her/his progress at least once a year to the faculty of the school;
  • takes the supervisor's/supervisors' guidance and feedback into due consideration;
  • participates actively in courses, workshops, symposia and other respective events which promote integration into the scientific community;
  • is committed to the doctoral project and understands that the research work and completion of the doctoral degree studies are ultimately her/his own responsibility;
  • ensures that the thesis is her/his own work and that the final version has been read and commented upon by the supervisor(s) prior to submission for examination;
  • adopts and understands the protocol of good scientific practice, the general principles of ethical aspects in science and the ethical regulations of the research field;
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