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Top Universities for PhD Study in Austria in 2021

Written by Jennifer Bevan

Austria has an education system over 600 years old and, in this time, has been home to some of Europe’s greatest minds. The little to no fees and the opportunity to study at highly specialised institutions, not to mention the beautiful landscapes, make Austria a perfect PhD study destination.

Top ranked Austrian universities for PhD study

The table below summarises the best universities in Austria, according to the three main higher education ranking systems: the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Top 10 Austrian Universities in 2022
University THE 2022 QS 2022 ARWU 2021
University of Vienna =137 =151 151-200
Medical University of Graz 196 - 601-700
Medical University of Innsbruck 201-250 - 401-500
Medical University of Vienna 201-250 - 201-300
University of Klagenfurt 351-400 501-510 901-1000
University of Innsbruck 401-500 =281 201-300
TU Wien 401-500 =180 -
University of Graz 601-800 651-700 401-500
Graz University of Technology 601-800 =277 701-800
Johannes Kepler University of Linz 601-800 354 801-900
Information in this table is based on the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings and Academic Ranking of World Universities. Visit their websites for more information.

So, how good are Austrian universities for PhD study?

Many of Austria’s universities rank well against others in Europe, including several from the eight countries Austria boarders. Five Austrian universities are ranked within the world top 400, according to Times Higher Education, including one of the oldest universities in Europe: The University of Vienna.

Don't forget, Austria is renowned for its specialised universitites, particulalry in areas such as Medicine and Technology. This can limit their visibility in the overall rankings, but don't let this put you off exploring their PhD opportunities.

University rankings are not always that clear when it comes to PhD study. For a few extra tips on how to use them wisely be sure to read our guide to PhD rankings.

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Last Updated: 19 November 2021

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