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Faculty of Social Sciences

The Faculty of Social Sciences was established as an independent organisational unit in 2004 and is one of the largest faculties of the University of Vienna. The Faculty commits to the principle of combining research and teaching. Research activities cover a broad array of topics and include both basic and applied research. 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, which will enable them to successfully meet the ever-changing requirements of professional life.

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 a critical reflection on the structure and problems of present-day society is among the guiding principles of its research activities.

To strengthen the diverse research achievements and make them more visible, the Faculty focuses on seven key research areas. These address relevant societal problems and challenges and are organised across different subjects and departments. In addition, researchers of the Faculty are currently involved in the activities of five research platforms of the University of Vienna. They also participate in numerous national and international projects.

About 13,800 students are enrolled at the Faculty in the winter semester 2020/21. They study in bachelor's, master's and doctoral programmes/the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS) 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.

 Further information and documents:


University of Vienna 2028: Development Plan

Strategic orientation of the Faculty of Social Sciences on pages 127–133.

Quality Assurance

Based on the Austrian 2002 Universtiy Act and according to the Statutes of the University of Vienna (section on Quality Assurance) faculties and centres of the University of Vienna are evaluated by external experts at least every seven years. Research, teaching and administration are examined in a joint and comprehensive manner. Evaluations aim at identifying strengths and weaknesses, are intended to support the identification of strategic goals as well as the development of suitable measures for quality assurance. Further information on the evaluation of faculties and centres is available on the website of the Unit for Quality Assurance (QA). Resulting peer reports of external experts and responses by the respective Faculty Leadership are made available by QA for everyone affiliated with the University of Vienna.

The Faculty of Social Sciences was last evaluated in 2020. The external reviewers and the Rectorate of the University of Vienna highlighted the impressive development of the Faculty and the achievements of its members throughout the process. Further information is available in the peer report and the response of Faculty Leadership.