Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences!

The Faculty of Social Sciences is one of currently 15 faculties and five centers of the University of Vienna. It engages in both research and teaching, which are considered inseparable constituents of higher education. The Faculty is a place of tertiary and continuing education, giving students the opportunity to specialise in a wide range of disciplines and thematic areas. Engaging in analyses of the structures and problems of contemporary societies is key to research at the Faculty.

The Faculty’s research contributes significantly to finding answers to academic questions of great social relevance, and thus to fulfilling the social function and responsibility of both the University and science in general. To this end, the Faculty engages in well-established intra- and interdisciplinary research areas as well as innovative multidisciplinary research, cooperating across different subjects within the Faculty, as well as with other faculties and international, national and local research institutions. Pursuing critical reflection on the structure and problems of present-day society is among the guiding principles of its research activities.

Students of the Faculty of Social Sciences study in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes in Political Science, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Communication, Sociology, which partially are among the largest degree programmes in Europe, as well as in master's or doctoral programmes in Nursing Science, Gender Studies, Development Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

Important information

No office hours of the dean's office

Due to the current situation concerning the COVID-19 pandemic all services of the dean's office are provided electronically, or, if absolutely necessary, by prior appointment. Please contact our staff directly or via dekanat.sowi@univie.ac.at.

Further information on the university regulations

Current vacancies

The Faculty of Social Sciences is currently advertising:

University Professor of Communication with a Focus on Media Change and Media Innovation
(full-time position, permanent)
The application deadline is 12 January 2022.

Tenure-Track Professorship for the field of Social Science of Religion
(full-time position)
The application deadline is 10 January 2022.

Visiting Professor of Nursing Science
(full-time position, for the period of 3 March 2022 to 30 September 2023)
The application deadline is 16 December 2021.

All other positions at the Faculty of Social Sciences can be searched via Job Center of the University of Vienna.