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General
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  • 2009-07-06
  • Austria
  • University of Vienna
  • Gerhard Budin
  • Deputy director,
  • Nike K. Pokorn
  • We fill in the questionnaire only for the University of Vienna
Structure
  • Doktorat, corresponding to the third and highest level of the Bologna architecture.
    The programme belongs to a cluster (one out of eight clusters at the University of Vienna) including humanities, philosophy and pedagogy, yet it is specifically devoted to Translation Studies, since there will be a vice study program director from the Center for Translation Studies responsible for this study program in the context of the whole cluster.
  • 3 years
  • Yes, e.g. under the Co-Tutelle Programme or bilateral agreements for joint degrees
Admission
  • Master degree in translation studies or closely related study programmes
    According to the Bologna architecture, a five year study programme (3 years Bachelor and 2 years Masters, or 4 years Bachelor and 1 year Master, preferably in Translation Studies or closely related fields) is a pre-requisite, still certain courses may have to be taken in addition in order to compensate for crucial courses missed out at M.A. level
  • Basically yes, although a majority of courses must have been part of such prior studies that are part of a typical Translation Studies Master programme.
  • The PhD committee at the level of the whole cluster is responsible to accept candidates. They present their application in written form. Basically students are free to choose their topics, but the committee has the right to reject them or modify them in agreement with the candidate.
  • The committee mentioned above will decide. If positive, they assign the project to a specific professor who is considered qualified in the topic to supervise the doctoral project.
  • Austrian students pay about 360 Euro per semester. Exemption rules may apply.
    EU students pay the same amount. Exceptions for exchange students under mobility programmes or other special arrangments. Non-EU students pay about 720 Euro per semester, unless there are special arrangements (bilateral exchange agreements, etc.).
Programme
  • 24 ECTS are required. There are a number of compulsory courses and seminars. Some of them are of a generic nature (research methodologies, etc.) others are specific to the nature of the research topic chosen
  • Yes, depending on whether such courses have already been taken at Masters’ level or not, but a number of such courses are required during the doctoral study programme.
  • There is a focus on cross-disciplinary cooperation among PhD students from different disciplines, within the cluster mentioned above and beyond, since many research topics are truly multi- or even transdisciplinary in nature. There are specific clauses in the doctoral study programme framework description (Rahmencurriculum) that encourage such research projects.
  • Basically the time budget are 3 years for the doctoral thesis
    A time schedule has to be presented and agreed upon, deviations from the time table have to be justified by the doctoral candidate.
    German is not required to do a doctoral study programme at the University of Vienna.
    Doctoral students are encouraged to publish papers during their studies, but still a doctoral thesis has to be written.
  • Erasmus and other multilateral but also bilateral funding schemes provide funding opportunities for studies abroad.
Supervision
  • Supervisors must be full professors or associate professors, they must have a “Habilitation” or a comparable qualification in order to be admitted to serve as supervisors. They may come from other universities and other countries. Their role is explicitly defined.
  • In Co-Tutelle, joint supervision is mandatory and anyway desired by the people involved
    Usually there are 2 people serving as supervisors
  • Depends on the arrangement with the supervisor, regular monitoring (research seminar, personal interaction) is expected and may be required by the supervisor
Assessment
  • Examiners must not be identical to supervisors.
    Two examiners are needed. The thesis has to be defended in a public defense examination with the PhD committee.
    Grades (1 sehr gut/excellent, 2 gut/good, 3 befriedigend/fair, 4 genügend/satisfactory, 5 nicht genügend/failed)
  • This is not a formal requirement, but it is encouraged
Other
  • The new doctoral study programme now lives up to international standards for doctoral programmes.
    Basically there are two types of students and of doctoral study projects:
    1. a research-oriented project, usually by research assistants temporarily employed (3 or 4 years) to do their PhD research project,
    2. a practice-oriented research project (so-called “professional PhD”) by external students, usually working in highly qualified positions where they are able to do such a research projects or where the employer actively supports and encourages such a project