m.core contributes to the Doctoral and the PhD program for social sciences and economics by regularly supervising students who are eager to undergo a post graduate education. We intensively support PhD and doctoral students by offering a continuous research seminar course in which we provide the opportunity to get feedback for every step of the dissertation process. Accepted students will be supported with ample guidance at every level of their skill and knowledge acquisition.

In line with our strong research focus, we particularly welcome students with a strong interest in the key research areas of the institute. Students are expected to be passionate about their topic and to devote a significant amount of time and energy into acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to complete an outstanding piece of work. All PhD and Doctorate students are expected to contribute to the scientific community by delivering internationally competitive outputs. We seek to enable students to pursue an international academic career should they wish to do so. Hence, the aim of a doctoral dissertation or PhD thesis is to produce work of a quality that can be published in internationally recognized academic journals.

If you decide to enroll for WUs’ doctorate or PhD program, you should consider that it will take you at least 6 semesters to complete it. However, we suggest to calculate your individual study duration within a timeframe of 8 - 12 semesters, especially when you are employed elsewhere. For more information on pursuing a doctorate or PhD at WU see

In case you would like to pursue your PhD or Doctorate degree with us please address the desired supervisor directly with your CV along with at least a rudimentary research proposal. Currently Prof. Bernadette Kamleitner and PD Dr. Monika Koller can act as PhD supervisor. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Below you can find a list of current PhD and doctoral students as well as their research topics:

The influence of built environments – on consumers‘ brand perception
Die Bedeutung von apparativen Verfahren für die Werbewirkung
Packaging: A Consumer Perspective
John PriceEffect of Psychological Ownership on Locavorism
Drivers of Donation Decisions
Susanne RuckelshausenEssays on sustainable consumption
Der Einfluss von nationalen und internationalen Celebrities auf die Einstellung von Marken in der Produktgruppe Kosmetik