The requirements for admission to the final defense of the PhD thesis comprise, in accordance with the general regulations of the universities, the following:
1. Completion of positive reports on the PhD thesis by three referees (one internal and two external referees generally from outside Austria).
2. Credit for at least 18 ECTS points from courses. Please note: At the University of Vienna 25-28 ECTS are required for graduation in mathematics, and 24 are needed at IST, while at Vienna University of Technology 18 ECTS are sufficient.
3. Documented active participation in the seminars of the Doctoral Program as well as workshops, conferences, summer schools etc.
The thesis defense is public and takes part within the Research Seminar. It comprises a presentation of the research work of the candidate and a defense of the thesis. The external referees are invited to act as members of the examination committee.