International Cooperative Cross-Border Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Educational & Communication Sciences

The doctoral study programme is a three-year, part-time research programme providing the perfect fit for educational, STEAM specialists and communication professionals who want to apply state-of-the art research knowledge and academic skills to contemporary  problems at their workplace. The programme offers a premium executive development track designed to be both academically rigorous and intellectually inspiring.

The international doctoral programme is jointly offered by university institutions internationally known for their academic excellence and holders of the prestigious accreditation: University Ljubljana, Faculty of Education, International University Burch Sarajevo, University of Mostar and University North. All partner universities are long-established high ranked universities entitled to award doctoral and post doctoral degrees and qualifications.

Our University of Applied Sciences Burgenland is proud to work with professors, respected and distinguished international academics of highly acclaimed universities, whose diverse backgrounds and experiences help us to provide a truly comprehensive PhD education and give you the opportunity of receiving mentoring and tutoring from some of the 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 Educational Sciences (issued by partner universities)

 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 Cooperative Cross-Border Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Educational & Communication Sciences

Online Information

  • Saturday, 30th September 2023 / 10 to 11 am
  • Saturday, 18th November 2023 / 10 to 11 am
  • Saturday, 16th December 2023 / 10 to 11 am
  • Thursday, 18th January 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 27th January 2024 / 10 to 11 am
  • Thursday, 15th February 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 24th February 2024 / 10 to 11 am
  • Thursday, 7th March 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 16th March 2024 / 10 to 11 am
  • Thursday, 11st April 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 27th April 2024 / 10 to 11 am
  • Tuesday, 7th May 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 25th May 2024 / 10 to 11 am
  • Thursday, 13rd June 2024 / 9 to 10 am
  • Saturday, 22nd June 2024 / 10 to 11 am

Please register at least 1 day in advance.


  • 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 five years from the date the Consortium accepts his/her research proposal
  • language of tuition: English
  • renowned and distinguished academics and professionals of highly acclaimed universities
  • individual and group tutorial face2face sessions
  • international research cooperations

Target Groups and Entry Requirements

The International Cooperative Cross-Border PhD Programme addresses candidates in qualified professional positions, preferably with a background in the educational, STEAM or communication field who wish to obtain a doctoral degree based on advanced applied research.

The International Cooperative 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 (e.g.: University of Applied Sciences)
  • 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.

Academic Degree

After the successful completion of all exams and programme requirements, doctoral students are awarded the internationally recognised highest academic degree on behalf of all partner universities. The academic degree is internationally recognized.

The International Cooperative Cross Border  Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme in Educational & Communication Sciences 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 Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to use it in accordance with § 88 para. 1 of the 2002 law governing universities. The academic degrees jointly awarded by the participating universities are therefore recognised foreign degrees in Austria and may be used in official documents in accordance with § 88 para. 1a of the 2002 law governing universities.

Consortium members

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.