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Organisational information

The organisational details of the new doctoral program have not completely stabilized yet, so this page will be regularly updated.

There is no auhtorized English version of the curriculum, an unauthorized translation can be found here. Then contents of the curriculum are not too relevant for most parcitical purposes however, since it only gives a framework for the study for several natural and technical sciences. In any case, there only few formal requirements in the study, the main issue is the preparation of a doctoral thesis. Although this is quite unusual in mathematics, there is the possibility to prepare a cumulative thesis rather than an ordinary one. This means that the main part of the thesis is not an independent text but a collection of scientific articles, which are published or accepted or submitted for publication. There is an information sheet of the "Studienpräses" of the University (the highest authority for legal questions on the studies) on this topic. Students are adivsed to discuss possible plans for preparing a cumulative thesis at an early stage with their advisor and with the responsible (Vice-)DSPL. 

 After admission to the doctoral program, the first task is to find a topic and an advisor for the thesis. According to the curriculum, this should be done during the first year of the study, but there are no formal prolems if this takes longer.

Presentation of the thesis project

The first formal step in the study is the public presentation of the thesis project in form of a lecture of about 20 minutes. Usually the talk is given by the student and the advisor is present, but it is also possibly to do the presentation jointly. This presentation is open to the faculty, in particular the doctoral committee ("Doktoratsbeirat") for mathematics will attend the presentation, and comment on the project. If your are ready to present your project, please contact the responsible (Vice-)DSPL. To formally register for a presentation, you have to fill a form and provide an outline ("expose") of the dissertation project, both in hardcopy and as a PDF file. Then main aim of the expose and the presentation is to show where things are going and how they fit into the scientific landscape. Hence they should be acessible to a broader audience and rather avoid technical details.

Based on the advice of the doctoral committee the responsible person from the DSPL then approves the thesis project or requires modifications. The approval of the project is required for sigining a dissertation agreement ("Dissertationsvereinbarung").

The Dissertation-Agreement

The dissertation agreement has to be signed by the advisor and by the student an approved by the responsible (Vice-)DSPL. It contains the main information on the study, in particular on required coursework and possible other requirements (e.g. conference particiapations, etc.), as well as on the thesis project and on the support by the advisor. Usually, the Dissertation agreement is written by the responsible (Vize-)DSPL on the basis of information provided by the candidate and the advisor and then signed at the SSC.

After the dissertation agreement is signed it has to be updated in form of yearly progress reports ("Fortschrittsbericht") containing statements of the student and the advisor on the progress of the last year and the plans for the next year. For these reports, there is a special form (DZ/V02) and a form (DZ/V03) for an annex. This annex contains a list of courses that have been taken during the last year for approval by the responsible (Vice-)DSPL. After all requirements listed in the dissertation agreement have be sucessfully completed, this is acknowledged informally by the responsible (Vice-)DSPL. 

Submisison and refereeing of the thesis

When the thesis gets close to completion, contact your advisor to think about potential referees for the thesis. Using a form and attaching an abstract of the thesis, you have to suggest three referees, two of which are chosen (upon suggesiton by the responsible (Vice-)DSPL) by the "Studienpräses" of the University of Vienna. The advisor of the thesis must not be among the suggested referees. The suggested referees should come from different Universities, international referees are highly appreciated. Of course, you should contact the referees and ask whether they are willing to referee your thesis before suggesting them. It also has to be tanken into account that usually the two chosen referees should also act as examiners during the public defense of the thesis. (If necessary, one of the referees can be replaced by another examiner, who however has to be familar with the thesis, too.)

For the titlepage of the thesis, there is a suggested form (in WORD). If you do not want to follow this form closely, you should follow the rules on titlepages (up to now available in German only). After the thesis is completed (and the advisor is happy with the result), it has to be submitted electronically for a check for plagiarism. I would suggest that for this procedure you look for help from fellow students who speak German, since the official information on these issues is available in German only. In the end of the procedure you get a confirmation to print out, which is then needed for submitting the three hardcopies of the thesis. You can then also send the final version of the thesis to the referees. (Of course, you may send them preliminary versions before, but the report has to be based on the final version of the thesis.) 

You also have to contact the responsible (Vice-)DSPL to confirm that all requirements of the dissertation agreement have been fulfilled. (The precise form of this procedure has not yet been worked out in detail.)

The Defense 

When all requirements of the dissertation agreement have been fulfilled and the referees have submitted positive reports on your thesis (you'll be informed about that by the SSC), you can fix the date for the defense of the thesis. You have to contact the three examiners (usually the advisor and the two referees) and the head of the committee (usually the responsible (Vice-)DSPL) for possible dates a possible room. This has to be announced officially at least two weeks before the defense. The necessary forms for the completion of the studies can be found on the forms-page of the Center for doctoral studies. 

The defense itself consists of a lecture by the candidate (usually about 45 minutes), then the audience has the opportunity to ask qeustions. The last part is a public examination by the three examiners on the thesis and its scientific surroundings (it may be wise to roughly clarify the meaning of the latter phrase with the examiners in advance). Then it's time to open the champagne ...

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