VDS CoBeNe PhD Programm

The VDS CoBeNe combines the strength of four main research areas: Psychological Science focuses on all aspects of human experience and behavior, from both biological and social science perspectives. Behavioral & Cognitive Biology features an evolutionary approach with the focus on whole organisms. Neuroscience additionally includes mechanistic studies of behavior, brain circuitry, cells and molecules. Cognitive Humanities uses models and methods of the cognitive sciences to better understand human culture and its history. These four research areas are reflected in the four fields of the VDS CoBeNe’s educational program. Importantly, specific research questions can be approached by members of any field. This opportunity to bridge a vast array of related research areas, ranging from cell biology to art history, is an eminently distinguished feature of VDS CoBeNe. At the same time, VDS CoBeNe encourages students to focus on a particular field and gain in-depth training in that research area.

Due to its interdisciplinary and interfaculty character, VDS CoBeNe does not constitute a specific, single field of doctoral research (Dissertationsgebiet) with its own, or with a unified, curriculum. Rather, each of its four programs adheres to its own curriculum or curricula, and outlines its discipline- and program-specific criteria for dissertations and graduation. Hence, PhD candidates can choose from existing curricula and associated research fields at the University of Vienna (e.g., humanities: art history, cognitive science, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, psychology; social sciences: psychology; natural & technological sciences: computer sciences, psychology; life sciences: biology, molecular biology), according to their interests and/or affiliation with a faculty/research institution. See all Univie disciplines, research fields and curricula.

What are the benefits of the VDS CoBeNe?

  • Innovative and international competitive research - Inspiration for thinking outside the box 
  • Exposure to a diversity of topics and methods
  • Access to state of the art equipment and facilities
  • Distinct guidelines, monitoring and mentoring following international standards
  • Access to soft skills training courses, workshops, summer schools, and conferences
  • Group supervision: professionally guided personal reflections on experiences and the work situation 
  • Financial opportunities for networking, lab visits, and international conferences

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