Directorate of studies 23

The directorate of studies oversees the degree programs in Sociology, Social Studies of Science, Global Demography and Nursing Science. The directors of studies are responsible for organization and legislation concerning study matters. Therefore, the directorate is the main point of contact for students and teaching staff.

U. Zartler photo: citronenrot ©

Team ab W2022

Study programme director:  Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ulrike Zartler, Privatdoz.

Vice-director of studies:
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Michael Parzer

Vice-director of studies: Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Maximilian Fochler
(Science Technology Society)

Vice-director of studies: Assoz. Prof. Mag. Mag. Dr. Elisabeth Reitinger, Privatdoz.
(Nursing Science)


Administrative support

Katharina Bergrin (Sociology - contact 01-4277 49106)
Natalia Fabian (Sociology - contact 01-4277 49105)
Christa Hanl (Sociology - contact 01-4277 49104)

Karin Neumann  (institute STS 01-4277 49601)
Ulrike Ritter  (institute STS 01-4277 49601)
Klaudia Zeliska (nursery science /demography 01-4277 49193)


The directors of studies are responsible for the following tasks, among other things:

  • issuing official notices of recognition of exams, for courses to be held abroad, putting together examination boards, etc.
  • reports as part of admission to degree programs
  • demand oriented planning and organization of courses and exams of one or several degree programs (curriculum)
  • carrying out quality insurance measures regarding study and teaching
  • signing graduation certificates and diploma supplements

The directors of studies are appointed by the rectorate, with recommendation of the head of the dean’s office (after a hearing from the senate and the faculty conference). The duration of term of office is two years, reappointment is possible. Scientific staff, who are assigned in corresponding areas of teaching and research at the University of Vienna, can be appointed to the function of director of studies. In order to fulfill their responsibilities the director of studies’ duties in teaching and research are reduced.