Doctoral research is usually a difficult and long process, and sustained research of this kind is usually a new experience for candidates. This DK aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive set of rules, with guidance and with practical experience and ‘handbooks’ which set out details of the process from the time of application through to the time of graduation. The University of Salzburg provides information on the processes associated with registration and with general guidelines in

  • Personal work
  • Academic environment
  • Research practice

This includes writing research proposals; undertaking research both on-campus and off-campus; roles and expectations of supervisors and candidates; research ethics; research advice; intellectual property; resources available; student services; health and safety; writing of a thesis; examination procedures; and postdoctoral opportunities.
The DK enforces a supervision agreement template outlining each party’s rights and responsibilities including access to resources, which all candidates and supervisors are obliged to complete and sign.
Doctoral research is individual but precisely planned, supervised and supported work. The DK GIScience provides the institutional (infra-)structures for the doctoral students to effectively carry out their academic research. The Doctoral degree recognizes a substantial original contribution to knowledge in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge.