FAQs – Application and Admission

When is the application deadline?
It is possible to apply to our English PhD programme in Psychotherapy Science any time during the year. Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials very close to the submission deadline. To avoid potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit application materials as early as possible.

How will I learn the outcome of my application?
Applicants are notified on the Doctorate Team’s decision via email.

Which funding opportunities are available?
Please consult the relevant section of our website for detailed information, and in case of further questions, contact our finance office: ptw-accounting@sfu.ac.at

Which academic background is required?
Applicants are expected to hold an internationally recognized Master’s or comparable degree in psychology, psychiatry, or a similar psychotherapy- and/or social work related programme that provides a relevant academic background for the candidate. A comparable degree in other Social Sciences, Humanities, or other disciplines will also be considered in case of an excellent academic record.

Whom may I contact in the next days to see whether my proposal could work for SFU before I apply?
All submitted applications are thoroughly reviewed by the Doctorate Team, which consists of various faculty and staff members. It is therefore not possible to give a preliminary assessment. However, candidates are welcome to contact SFU professors whose research interest is close to their profile in order to find out whether SFU is the best place for them.

Can a student with a three-year Bachelor’s degree apply to the PhD programme at SFU?
Students with a three-year Bachelor’s should apply for two-year Master’s programme. For more information, visit the SFU’s Master programme.

I am in the final year of my Master’s programme, so I do not yet have a diploma to send. What shall I do?
Instead of a diploma, please send us an enrollment certificate stating your expected graduation date. Please note that in order to be able to enroll in the PhD programme, you must graduate before mid-August of the year you want to begin your studies.

I’m in the final year of my Master’s programme, so I do not yet have a final transcript to upload. What shall I do?
You can send us an interim transcript. If and when you enroll, the Doctoral Office will ask you to submit the final official document.

I have earned a Master’s degree at SFU and am now applying for the SFU’s doctoral programme. Am I required to upload official copies of my academic records?
If you are applying to the doctoral programme and you are a SFU graduate, you should email your transcript and diploma as if you are applying to SFU for the first time.

I would like to earn a PhD at SFU while at the same time completing a PhD at my home university. Is this possible?
Students enrolled in the SFU’s doctoral programme may be enrolled at other universities. Nevertheless, in order to complete the PhD programme at SFU, students are highly encouraged to focus exclusively on one academic programme and research project in order to ensure a high quality of their work.

Can my admission be postponed?
Postponement of admission is not a standard option for admitted PhD students. Deferment is considered on a case-by-case basis, and might sometimes be allowed for exceptionally qualified candidates.

Are there admission quotas for certain countries or regions?
No. SFU admits students based on their academic merit, professional experience, and demonstrated expertise of their proposed research topic.

Does SFU consider late applications?
Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Is there a waiting list?
Yes. Students might in some cases be required to be on a waiting list before they can start their PhD education at SFU. Waitlisted applicants will be notified on their status before the academic year starts.

Who can supervise my topic?
In order to learn about the expertise and research interests of our faculty, please visit the website of the relevant Departments of the Sigmund Freud University. Nevertheless, we would like to remind you that you do not need to choose a supervisor prior to admission to the PhD programme. PhD candidates are given the possibility to get acquainted with faculty members, as familiarity with the work and matching research interests with the professors is key for a successful research cooperation. Therefore, SFU allows its PhD candidates to announce the name of their supervisor by the end of their first study year.

Any questions left?
Do not hesitate to contact us:

Psychotherapy Science – Int. Programme
Room 4004, 4th floor
Freudplatz 1
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 798 40 98 451
Email: psychotherapy-phd@sfu.ac.at

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