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Doctoral Programmes

Doctoral Programmes consist of a team of supervisors who have common research interests though possibly different disciplinary backgrounds. They offer doctoral candidates discourse-oriented exchange related to their dissertational topics and a range of high-quality opportunities to improve their set of research skills.

Currently the University of Graz offers the following doctoral programmes (contact person or director in brackets):

  • Ancient Cultures of the Mediterranean World (Prof. Wolfgang Spickermann). Homepage
  • Collecting, Organizing and Mediating. The Habsburg Monarchy of the 18th Century in International Comparison (Prof. Harald Heppner). Homepage
  • Climate Change (Prof. Lukas Meyer). Homepage
  • Comparative Analysis of Society in the International Context (Prof. Max Haller). Information
  • Culture-Text-Action (Prof. Susanne Knaller). Homepage
  • European Private Law (Prof. Monika Hinteregger). Homepage
  • Gender Studies (Prof. Irmtraud Fischer). Homepage
  • History of the Sociology of Social Sciences (Prof. Stephan Moebius). Homepage
  • Human Factor in Digital Transformation (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Staudegger), Homepage
  • Human Rights and Democracy (Univ.-Ass. Mag. Agnes Romanin). Homepage
  • Interfaces in Commercial Law (Prof. Tina Ehrke-Rabel). Homepage
  • Migration - Diversity - Global Society (Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Annette Sprung). Homepage
  • Philosophy (Priv.-Doz. Dr. Guido Melchior). Homepage
  • Public Law and Political Science (Univ.-Prof. DDr. Bernd Wieser). Homepage
  • South-eastern Europe (Prof. Dr. Florian Bieber). Homepage
  • Teaching Methodology and Research on Language Teaching (Prof. Sarah Mercer). Homepage
  • Teaching Methodology in the subjects of History, Social Studies and Political Education (Prof. Wolfgang Weirer). Homepage
  • Visual Cultures and Intermediality (Prof. Klaus Rieser). Homepage

Doctoral Programmes provide inter-faculty and inter-disciplinary doctoral education and promote trans-disciplinary research approaches. Similar to Doctoral Colleges Doctoral Programmes have a specific research topic which connects the doctoral thesis projects of the programme with each other. But whereas Doctoral Colleges receive funding by the Austrian Science Fund Doctoral Programmes are not funded (although some of its members may hold scholarships). Like Doctoral Schools Doctoral Programmes also specifically offer courses for its doctoral members. However, membership in a Doctoral Programme is voluntary and not, as it is with the discipline-based Doctoral Schools, obligatory.


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