Doctorate in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences

PhD Tuition Fees

ProgramFees Per SemesterTotal Fees
PhD in Socioeconomic Sciences€5,688€45,500

Scholarship options for PhD candidates

Modul University Vienna’s PhD program seeks outstanding candidates for joining its research team as a PhD candidate. Modul University combines a strong academic foundation with state-of-the-art curricula and a commitment to innovation and sustainability. Successful candidates have a strong background in quantitative research methods and demonstrated research interests and skills in one of our research areas.

MU Vienna offers four scholarships for the 4-year PhD program in Business and Socioeconomic Sciences, for a study begin in Fall 2021.
Candidates have the option to either receive a full or a partial tuition waiver. This year the following PhD scholarships are available:

1x full tuition waiver - 100% of tuition fees will be remitted
1x partial tuition waiver - 75% of tuition fees will be remitted
2x partial tuition waiver - 50% of tuition fees will be remitted

The fully-funded PhD Scholarship covers four years from September 2021 on. It allows students to take courses and conduct doctoral research leading to the dissertation, potentially also teaching in the undergraduate program.

Application deadline for PhD scholarships: July 30th, 2021

More information available here.

The university seeks candidates whose doctoral research will be related to one or more of the following scientific areas:

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

Interested applicants should also refer to our research blogs as well as the research profiles of our faculty members for more detailed information about the research foci of the faculty and the opportunities for doctoral research.

For general information on the online application process click here.

Essential qualifications to be eligible for a scholarship:

  • A completed Master or Diploma Degree (by September 2021) in a field of the social sciences, business, tourism and/or hospitality management, statistics, information systems, or a related discipline.
  • Excellent analytical skills and evidence of the potential to undertake cutting-edge research and scholarship.
  • Excellent written and spoken English (German is not a requirement as English is the working language). 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. The Admissions Committee may decide upon the recognition of other evidence of language skills.

Your scholarship application needs to include a statement of your research interest and a research proposal (5-10 pages). Check this list for your proposal:

  • The relevance of the intended research
  • The current state of knowledge about the topic and a characterization of usual conceptual approaches
  • The research question
  • The planned methodology and its feasibility and how the costs of data collection will be financed
  • Potential or expected outcomes, the benefit for industry and/or society, and foreseeable points of criticism and discussion
  • The proposal is not considered binding for the actual dissertation which will be written in case of a successful application.
  • The application must also include a written statement by a MU Vienna Professor willing to supervise the candidate.


Successful applications are characterized by meeting high standards regarding the following requirements:

  • conformance with the call and its spirit
  • connectedness to one of the research topics as listed
  • demonstrated potential to foster future-relevant research on a high scientific level
  • potential impact of the results on industry and society
  • availability of an appropriate supervisor
  • innovativeness
  • demonstrated scientific competence.

Thereby, Modul University will take all necessary care to ensure fairness and to avoid any kind of discrimination. However, there is no legal right whatsoever of receiving such a scholarship.

The decision about the scholarship application will be taken by a committee consisting of the President, the Dean, the prospective supervisors of the applicants and a representative of the admissions and service department.

External Scholarships

The collaboration between Modul University Vienna and third-party organizations (national/international organizations or corporate partners) provides ongoing, part-time employment opportunities to PhD candidates during the course of their studies. PhD candidates are granted a tuition waiver while simultaneously working for the sponsoring partner.

For questions related to these scholarships contact the Dean of the PhD program, Prof. Ivo Ponocny.