The decay of 22 d 178W and 9.3 min 178Ta (1+) has been investigated by means of direct and coincidence spectrometry with Ge(Li) and scintillation detectors. The Q-value of the electron-capture decay of 178W was determined to be 89±2 keV from the K-capture-to-total capture ratio. The corresponding log ft value is 4.65. The ground-state-to-ground-state beta decay rates were analysed in light of the pair correlation scheme. Capture-to-positon ratios were deduced for 178Ta and found to agree with theory. Excited states in 178Hf (characterized by their energy in keV, spin and parity) were established at 1199(0+), 1276(2+), 1434(0+), 1444(0+), 1496(2+), 1514(2+, 1+ or 1−) and 1561(2+). The 1199 keV state is interpreted as a beta vibration, the 1434 and 1444 keV 0+ states contain probably large amplitudes of the View the MathML source  neutron pair of the View the MathML source proton pair (labelled by Nilsson quantum numbers View the MathML source. Energies and beta decay rates for the 0+ states are compared with the calculations of Soloviev. The energy of the third excited 0+ state is found to be much lower than this theory predicts. The first excited Kπ = 0+ band is less strongly fed in beta decay than the calculations predict.