Doctoral programmes concentrate on developing the capacity for independent scientific work and spans 6 to 8 semesters. The admission requirement is the successful completion of an eligible Master's, Diploma, or Teaching degree. This course is completed with the academic degree of Doctorate / PhD. As part of the doctoral programme, students must prepare, present and defend their dissertation (final thesis).

PhD candidates typically are employed at the University of Salzburg through departmentally led projects, or are hosted at the department during supervision of work on students`own projects, frequenty funded from international advanced training grants. It is possible to work towards a PhD while being employed externally in a related field, although such part-time PhD require a long-term effort and carefully managed research.

Doctoral Programme "Geoinformatics"

Geoinformatics and Geographic Information Science have evolved into a particular focus area at the University of Salzburg, managed through the Inter-faculty Department of Geoinformatics. Research topics from the wide field of Geoinformatics are addressed  through an “education through research” approach. The doctoral curriculum is focussed on independently developing a thesis, parallel to completing a limited set of compulsory classes.

Currently research topics are centred around the following areas:
  • Applied Geoinformatics /GI-Services
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Disasters and human security
  • Integrated Spatial Analysis- GISociety
  • GISociety

Doctoral College "GIScience"

As a thematically focused group within the entire PhD programme "GEoinformatics", the competitively selected candidates in the Doctoral College (‘DK’) in GIScience are funded through a national ‘education through research’ initiative. Additional supervision, monitoring and assessment procedures contribute to the quality of the experience and training of doctoral candidates. Since all funded positions have already been taken by the candidates the DK currently is not open for applications.

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