2. Public Defense / Defensio

With the positive assessment of the doctoral thesis and when all demands of the curriculum have been met, a registration for the public defense is possible.

For this purpose, the registration form "Registration for doctoral thesis defense (Defensio) (SL/P4)" needs to be sent to the StudiesServiceCentre Computer Science (in English or German).

The public defense consists of a presentation of the central findings followed by a general discussion about the research subject with the examination commission. You can find a detailed description of the doctoral process including the defense of the doctoral thesis on the website of the Center for Doctoral Studies.

 The Procedure of the Public Defense

  • In total, the public defense usually lasts around 90 minutes.
  • First, you present your research results (30 to 40 minutes; please announce the planned time frame before you start).
  • After the presentation you will enter a discussion with the commission.
  • In online settings, you should join the online meeting 15 minutes before the official start of the defense to upload your presentation and test your audio/video equipment.

 Academic Title

After the positively assessed public defense, the academic title according to the curriculum is awarded as Dr. techn./Dr. rer. oec. Congratulations! Your success will, with your DoCS agreement, be shared on the DoCS Dates of Public Defenses and the DoCS Graduates websites.

 Additional links

» Curriculum Doctoral Programme in Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences in the field of Natural Sciences

» Curriculum Doctoral/PhD Programme in Business, Economics and Statistics

» Course Directory (2023S)

» All current forms for the doctorate (English)

» All current forms for the doctorate (German)

» PhD process (Center for Doctoral Studies)

» Submission and review of the thesis (Center for Doctoral Studies)

» PhD Handbook Navigating your Doctorate (Center for Doctoral Studies)

» Orientation Guide for International PhD Candidates (Center for Doctoral Studies)

» Early Career Researchers - Funding Programs (Research Services and Career Development; University of Vienna)

» grants.at (online database for scholarships and research grants)

» University Law 2002 (German)

» Statutes of the University of Vienna

» Study Law