Doctoral Program PhD - Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program serves to further develop the ability to conduct independent scientific work in the field of science as well as to train and promote the next generation of scientists on the basis of diploma and master studies. A dissertation can be submitted in the subjects Music Education (Salzburg & Innsbruck) Musicology and Fine Arts (Salzburg  & Innsbruck).

Study & Examination Management
+43 676 88122 492

Length of study
6 semesters / 180 ECTS credits


Registration deadline
every semester during the general admission period


General study information

Das mindestens 6-semestrige Wissenschaftliche Doktoratsstudium wurde zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in den alternativ zu wählenden Fächern

  • Kunst- / Werkpädagogik
  • Musikpädagogik
  • Musikwissenschaft


The academic doctoral programme serves as a qualification for independent research activity and its application in all professional fields based on it. This degree programme also represents an additional qualification in connection with an artistic career.

Graduates are able to

  • develop research questions and theses in the dissertation subjects
  • work in a methodologically sound manner
  • make independent contributions to scientific research
  1. Lektüre des Curriculums und des Leitfadens
  2. Klärung formaler Fragen bezüglich Zulassungsvoraussetzungen und Einschreibung (Kontakt: Philipp Rothe,, +43 676 88122 495)
  3. Erste Überlegungen zu eigenen Forschungsfragen bzw. -thesen und zur fachlichen Verortung
  4. Erste Überlegungen zur Betreuung (Einzelbetreuer*in oder Betreuer*innen-Team)
  5. Im Falle weiterer Fragen: Beratungsgespräch mit einem Mitglied der Curricularkommission, z.B.
    Vorsitzender: Ao.Univ.Prof.Dr. Wolfgang Gratzer, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Kontakt:
    Stv. Vorsitzende: Univ.Prof.inDr. in Julia Wieneke, Universität Mozarteum Salzburg (Kontakt:

Admission to doctoral studies requires the completion of a relevant diploma or master's degree programme at a university or university of applied sciences or another relevant degree programme of at least the same level of higher education at a recognised domestic or foreign post-secondary educational institution. In order to compensate for substantial subject-related differences, supplementary examinations may be prescribed, which must be taken by the end of the second semester of the doctoral programme.

Admission to the degree programme takes place in two steps:

Examination of the prerequisites under study law by the study and examination management (submission of a degree certificate in PDF form for a subject-related Magister or Master's degree programme and command of the German language - at least level C1, Common European Framework of Reference CEFR 2001).

Proof of completed courses amounting to 10 SWS in one of the subjects:

  • Art / craft pedagogy (e.g. courses from subject didactics, art science, visual culture)
  • Music education (e.g. courses in subject didactics, psychology of learning, music education concepts)
  • Musicology (e.g. courses in interpretation research, music biography, music history)

Of these courses, the successful completion of at least 6 SWS with seminar character must be proven.

The application for the scientific doctoral programme is made by submitting the application for admission to

This degree programme consists of five modules:

  • Module 1 - Rigorosum A (= various courses).
  • Module 2 - Rigorosum B (= subject examination for admission to the dissertation project)
  • Module 3 - Presentation at the Forum for Doctoral Students
  • Module 4 - Rigorosum C (= Dissertation Thesis)
  • Module 5 - Rigorosum D (= final oral examination by the board of examiners)

Link to the semester plan

Eine Liste der in Frage kommenden Betreuer*innen findet sich hier: Betreuungsberechtigte Lehrende für wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten

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