Post-Graduate Programme 2009-2012
The overall aim of the departmental training programme is to train young postgraduate scholars in social research concentrating on the “Sociology of Social Practices”. This also includes a methodological training in advanced qualitative and quantitative methods along with evaluation research. In addition, more specialised seminars in aspects of contemporary society (including gender research and research of social inequalities, sociology of work and labour markets, educational research, research on (social) sustainable development or sociology of space and sociology of economy and consumption) are offered by the Department's staff.
To enhance the programme and provide an international perspective, a range of prestigious guest professors from institutes and universities throughout the world are invited on a regular basis to give seminars and lectures. Scholars have an opportunity to work with these guest professors on a one-to-one basis. An important part of the study programme is the work that scholars undertake on their own projects under the supervision of departmental staff.
For the three-year programme, a maximum of 10 students can be accepted. This facilitates a very intensive and personalised study atmosphere. The Department invites graduates of Sociology, in particular, to apply for this three-year programme of intensive training in social sciences leading to a diploma. For those students accepted, there is a scholarship of Euro 850 per month. Students are strongly recommended to register simultaneously for a doctorate at the University of Vienna or other universities. The Doctorate Programme at the University of Vienna, Faculty of Social Sciences accredits the courses, seminars and lectures held at the IHS.
The course provides training in the “Sociology of social practices” at post-graduate level including theory, methods and contemporary research problems. At the end of the three-year period, participants are expected to be able to present an advanced research project at a level equivalent to a doctoral dissertation. The career prospects of graduates of the programme are generally better than those graduating from the University alone. Over the last ten years, roughly one half of IHS students have gone into the University system, one quarter into public administration and one quarter into the private sector.
The postgraduate programme at the IHS offers the following advantages:
- Excellent research facilities, including library, computing and academic support
- Professional contact with universities, public bodies and international organisations
- Access to a wide range of data bases and surveys
- International scientific contact with visiting professors
- Opportunities to participate in a range of workshops and conferences organised by the Department
- Inter-disciplinary research through participating in lectures and workshops with other departments and through collaborative research projects.