Our partner universities are longestablished, state-run universities, entitled to award doctoral and postdoctoral degrees and qualifications.
On behalf of all partner universities, the International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme in International Economic Relations and Management is organized and administered by the Consortium of these universities in collaboration with the University of  Applied Sciences Burgenland (UAS), Eisenstadt, Austria.
The Joint PhD programme is a unique doctoral crossborder programme focusing on Central European countries and is comparable to the best doctoral cross-border programmes within the EU in terms of structure and organisation. It takes into account the specifications of small groups of PhD students, thorough fundamental knowledge, and a variety of specialisations, allowing students to closely cooperate with supervisors within their respective areas of specialisation at university institutions abroad.

We are proud to work with professors, respected and distinguished international academics of highly acclaimed universities. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences help us to provide a truly comprehensive PhD education and give our doctoral candidates the opportunity of receiving mentoring and tutoring from outstanding experts.

Irena ZavrlDirector of Centre für Doctoral Programmes and Head of Academic Scientific Committee

Programme fact file

 Degree Programme

Cooperative cross-border doctoral programme in cooperation with renowned universities

at least 7 semesters / 3 years up to 6 years

 Academic Degree

PhD in International Relations and Management

 Programme Structure

Part-time study

 Language of Instruction


 Tuition Fees

Tuition and fee costs are subject to change and are determined each year. For the 2023-2024 academic year they amount up to € 3.000,00€ per semester.


International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme in International Economic Relations and Management

Consortium members

Academic Degree

After the successful completion of all exams and programme requirements, doctoral students are awarded the internationally recognised academic degree ‘Doctor of Philosophy’ (PhD) on behalf of all partner universities. The academic degree is internationally recognized.

The International Joint Cross-Border PhD programme in International Economic Relations and Management was submitted to the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ) in accordance with § 27 para. 1 and registered by the AQ in accordance with § 27 para. 6 HS-QSG. The registration of the programme in accordance with § 27 para. 6 HS-QSG does not ascertain equivalence with Austrian study programmes and similar Austrian academic degrees. Graduates awarded with an academic degree from Hungary, Slovakia or Croatia are entitled to use it in accordance with § 88 para. 1 of the 2002 law governing universities. The academic degrees in International Economic Relations and Management in the International Joint Cross-Border PhD programme jointly awarded by the participating universities of economics in Bratislava, Sopron, Pula, Varaždin, Mostar and Prague are therefore recognized foreign degrees in Austria and may be used in official documents in accordance with § 88 para. 1a of the 2002 law governing universities.


  • part-time studies to be completed within a minimum of 3 years (6 semesters, 180 ECTS); to complete the doctoral dissertation a student may take up to six years from the date the Consortium accepts the research proposal

  • language of tuition: English

  • professors are renowned and distinguished academics and professionals of highly acclaimed universities

  • individual and group tutorial face2face sessions

  • international research cooperations


Target Group and Entry Requirements

The International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme addresses candidates in qualified professional positions, preferably with backgrounds in business management or economics who wish to obtain a doctoral degree based on advanced applied research.

The International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme is open to applicants who 

  • hold a Diploma or Master’s degree (5 years) or equivalent degree issued by an officially accredited university or institution of higher education 
  • submit complete application documents including a statement of personal motivation and a description of the intended research orientation;
  • have at least two years of qualified professional experience
  • master English on at least C1-level
  • and successfully pass the admission process.

For information and to apply please contact the Programme Director or Management


Tuition fees are defined by the Consortium and are subject to change every academic year according to the tuition fees of the respective partner universities.

Are there any remaining questions? We will be happy to advise you.

Gianina Wallner | Consultation

PHONE+43 5 7705-4514


How to apply?

Take the next step in the right direction and apply online. We look forward to getting to know you.