Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences

Essential and required prerequisites for the PhD program:

Prerequisite for the admission to the PhD study program is a three-year Bachelor and a two-year Master degree in the field of business or one of the social or economic sciences from an accredited post-secondary educational institution. Applicants who do not completely fulfill these requirements can qualify by successfully completing further Master of Science courses at Modul University Vienna.

Applicants for the Researcher/Lecturer program path must be willing to assist in teaching and/or administrative tasks at the undergraduate level.

Step 1: Online Application

Please submit your complete application online!

Apply using MU's online application tool!

Fill in all required fields and be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation Statement
  • Statement of Research and Career Interest*
  • Bachelor (3-year) and Master (2-year) diploma
  • Bachelor and Master Transcripts including supplements
  • English proficiency test or other proof for non-native speakers, i.e. proof of English proficiency level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; The minimum scores are:
    TOEFL: 100 Internet-based test (IBT) with no individual section score less than 20; or IELTS: overall band score between 7 and 7.5 with no sub-score below 6.0.  
    Please note: The Admissions Committee may decide upon the recognition of other evidence of language skills.
  • One example of a research publication or report (optional)
  • Copy of passport
  • Photo
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic sources

*A research proposal should contain a short summary of the current state of scientific knowledge, the research question and why it is important, a concrete description of the planned methodology, and a sketch of potential results and the corresponding limitation. This will typically need to be 5 to 10 pages long.


Please note that all documents must be submitted in English and ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS will be processed!

Step 2: Application Review & Interview

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team to assure eligibility for the PhD study program. The dean then will evalate the application in regards to a potential supervision by one of the university´s professors. You will be contacted to schedule a personal interview at the campus or a video Skype interview to further discuss the proposal and project supervision.

Step 3: Admission Decision

If the PhD project can be supervised by one of MU´s faculty members, the Admissions Committee makes the general admission decision based on its estimation of the applicant's potential for academic success. To aid in making its decision, the Committee carefully considers the applicant's previous field(s) of study, academic performance, motivation, extracurricular activities, interview, and academic aptitude. As a last step, the committee evaluates whether or not the applicant qualifies for a potential study fee reduction up to 50% of the actual PhD fees. If approved, admissions documents will be sent to the future student.


Apply and receive access right away

From January 10th, the first 101 submitted applications receive free access to a Modul Online Intensive Learning Pathway of your choice (worth £198). Intensive Learning Pathways are accessible until February 20th and are perfect for laying a foundation of knowledge or honing your interest before commencing studies at MU for Spring semester.

Pathways include:

  • Sustainable Business Model
  • International Managemen
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Design Thinking & Creativity
  • Consumer Behaviour & Marketing