Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences

Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences

ECTS credits​
max. students​
per semester


This four-year PhD program provides researchers with the perfect entry point to a fulfilling academic career or business success.

Taught in English, the program encourages active participation in teaching, research, publication, and conference activities. Customized research seminars in the candidate's area of concentration deepen their understanding of both classical and cutting-edge concepts, theories, models, and methods of analysis.

PhD candidates then embark on an inpidual research journey, focusing on a dissertation topic that contributes to the advancement of their chosen specialization. Subject areas: 

  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Development, Management, and Policy
  • Service Innovation, Recreation, Leisure, and Tourism

Join our program to pursue state-of-the-art research and make a meaningful impact in the field of business and socioeconomic sciences.

Two program paths to choose. Multiple ways to succeed.

The PhD program offers multiple paths to admission, including the Scholarship Partner Agreement for candidates working with industry sponsors, which grants a tuition waiver. Alternatively, candidates can choose the self-paying option for financing their studies. The program is structured with coursework, preliminary exams, and a dissertation, and encourages active involvement in teaching, publication, and conference activities.

By choosing the Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences at Modul University Vienna, you join a passionate and tightly knit academic community. This program boasts top-tier publications, numerous research projects, and exceptional contributions by faculty members.

It prioritizes independent teaching, nurtures talented academics, and promotes engagement with the industry through projects and presentations.

Additionally, the program actively participates in the university's sustainability initiatives and maintains a strong presence in academic and non-academic networks.

With a focus on excellence, this PhD program offers a supportive environment, prestigious awards, and valuable connections for your future career.

Study Plan

Mandatory Courses

PhD candidates complete courses in various modules including:

  • Theory Building and Methodology: Principles of philosophy of science, theory building, and research design.
  • Research Methods: Practical aspects of quantitative and qualitative techniques for business and social science research.
  • Research Seminars: Customized courses on state-of-the-art problems and approaches in the program's themes.
  • Research Communication and Collaboration: Opportunities for exchanging insights, scientific writing, pedagogical training, and teaching experience.


Candidates must successfully complete an original and independent dissertation supervised by an internal or external faculty member. It can be a single-authored monograph or a compilation of three single-authored manuscripts (cumulative dissertation) linked to a focused research area.


PhD candidates must complete the following examinations:

  • Preliminary Exam: Covers content from foundation coursework and research seminars.
  • Dissertation Proposal: Involves submitting a research proposal and forming a PhD committee.
  • Dissertation Defense: Oral presentation and examination of the completed dissertation.

Doctorate Program Admissions

When applying to Modul University Vienna for a PhD, you will need to meet the following admissions entry requirements and provide your  documents in English through our online portal. 

  • Curriculum Vitae 

  • Motivation Statement 

  • Research Proposal* 

  • Bachelor (3-year) and Master (2-year) diploma 

  • Bachelor and Master Transcripts including supplements 

  • One example of a research publication or report (optional) 

  • Copy of passport 

  • Photo 

  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources 

  • English proficiency level C1 

All PhD applicants must provide proof of their English proficiency, at minimum level C1 - according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - through a test taken within the last two years.


  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test – 100 points. We do not accept individual section scores below 20. 

  • IELTS – band score between 7 -7.5. We do not accept sub-scores below 6.0. 

*Your research proposal can either be for a research subject suggested by a member of our faculty or your own area of interest. In either case, the proposal should contain a short summary of the current state of scientific knowledge, the research question and its relevance, a concrete description of the planned methodology, including data, materials used and statistical evaluation, a sketch of potential results and the anticipated limitations of the conclusions. This will typically take 5 to 10 pages.  

Guide to our Online Application Portal


Austrian universities typically do not have their own student housing accommodations. Instead, students in Vienna have a variety of excellent housing providers located throughout the city. Wherever you choose to live, there are some factors that you might want to consider in making your choice.

Tuition Fees

Program Semesters Fees / Semester
Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences 8 €6850

Student Recruitment Advisors

Andrada, Eduardo, Max and Jessica

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