Doctoral Program

In our unique interdisciplinary doctoral program, you can study the history and culture of almost any time period, place, or theme. The Doctoral School of Historical and Cultural Studies is one the world's leading institutions for educating the next generation of archaeologists, art historians, Byzantinists, Egyptologists, ethnologists and historians through a multifaceted course of study that lays a broad and solid foundation for innovative teaching, research, and a successful career - in- and outside academia. 

Fields of Doctoral Study

Ancient History, Dr. phil. (792 310) | Art History, Dr. phil. (792 315) | Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Dr. phil. (792 383) | Classical Archaeology, Dr. phil. (792 314) | Egyptology, Dr. phil. (792 391) | European Ethnology, Dr. phil. (792 308) | History, Dr. phil. (792 312) | Jewish Studies, Dr. phil. (792 379) | Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology, Dr. phil. (792 309)


The Curriculum provides information on the qualification profile, the requirements for admission, the structure of the doctorate and the number of ECTS credits which PhD candidates have to earn during their doctoral studies. The curriculum for the doctoral program in Humanities, Philosophy and Education includes the following key elements:

  • The degree program duration is 3 years
  • Courses, seminars and external academic credits comprising at least 24 ECTS
  • Public presentation of the intended doctoral project within the first year of doctoral studies
  • Signing a doctoral thesis agreement subsequent to the public presentation
  • Periodical, at least annual progress reports
  • Writing a doctoral thesis, which demonstrates the candidate's ability to master academic topics independently
  • Public defense

Information on specific administrative procedures for the doctoral program (for instance how to register for the public presentation, which courses to do when etc.) can be found on the websites of the StudyServiceCenter of the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies.

Structure of the doctoral program

The doctoral program is structured in three consecutive steps and entails training through research. The duration is at least three years and includes independent research, writing a doctoral thesis, coursework and training in transferable skills.