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Business and Socioeconomic Sciences, Doctorate

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Vienna, Austria
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences is a four year, full-time doctoral studies program from MODUL University Vienna that prepares candidates for making innovative research contributions in industry-related areas of specialization.
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Based on the unique research orientation of the four Modul University departments, incoming PhD candidates can focus their own doctoral studies from among the following concentrations:

  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Development
  • Public Governance
  • Service Management
  • Tourism
  • Leisure Science
  • Quality of Life, Well-being and Environmental Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences  from MODUL University Vienna targets those interested in research careers in either higher education or industry and is ideal for prospective candidates already holding a master’s degree (or equivalent) in either business or one of the social sciences.

Program Overview

The PhD in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences curriculum prepares qualified candidates in state-of-the-art approaches to conducting scholarly and applied research. The program emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to finding solutions to research problems, drawing upon advanced concepts and methods from business management, economics, policy studies, sociology, and philosophy of science. Required foundation courses are taught in theory, methods, and research design.

Program coursework is conducted in English, and candidates are expected to actively participate in teaching or research, publication, and conference activities. Customized research seminars in the candidate’s area of concentration help to familiarize and develop critical understanding in both classical and cutting-edge concepts, theories, models and methods of analysis. After completing a set of core course and a variety of tailor-made seminars, PhD candidates undertake individual, original research on a dissertation topic that will contribute to the advancement of the chosen area of specialization.

Program Paths

  • Prospective PhD candidates have several paths to admission. Please see below or visit our admissions page to learn more.
  • Scholarship Partner Agreement: PhD candidates are granted a tuition waiver while simultaneously working for a sponsoring industry partner.
  • Self-paying: Candidates are responsible for financing their studies.

Career Options

PhD graduates are prepared to become leaders within their fields. Successful completion of the PhD program paves the way for challenging career opportunities in higher education, research institutes, think tanks, government agencies, international organizations engaged in policy development and analysis, NGO's, private-sector corporations, or consulting firms.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Theory Building and Methodology
  • Research Methods
  • Research Seminars
  • Research Communication and Collaboration

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Incoming candidates must hold a master-level degree (or it's equivalent) in either business or one of the social or economic sciences.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for conducting high-quality research in the selected area of scholarship.
  • The program is conducted in English, and PhD candidates should have excellent spoken and written English skills. 
  • Applicants for the Researcher/Lecturer program path must be willing to assist in teaching and/or administrative tasks at the undergraduate level.
  • Interested applicants who do not already fulfill the above requirements may still qualify for PhD admission after successfully completing Master of Sciences (MSc) courses at MODUL University Vienna.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2750 EUR per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vienna

  • 861 - 1340 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Successful applicants will be granted a substantial reduction or even a scholarship up to 50% of the tuition fees of €45,000.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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