PhD in Germany
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The German doctorate enjoys an outstanding reputation in all disciplines. In Germany some 25,000 graduates successfully complete the doctoral process every year – far more than in any other European country. In Germany there are different ways of doing a PhD:
- Individual Doctorate
International PhD students can choose between some 140 universities that are entitled to award doctorates. Non-university research establishments such as the Max Planck Society (MPG) also offer an excellent research environment to conduct research. It is also possible to study for a doctorate while working in a research job in industry.
- Structured PhD Programmes
In addition, Germany also offers the possibility of studying for a PhD within a structured PhD programme. There are some 600 PhD programmes in Germany that are very similar to the PhD programmes in English-speaking countries.
As a nation with a long cultural and scientific tradition, Germany offers exceptional infrastructure for your research work.
Germany offers a wide range of different doctoral opportunities. Search now and find your PhD position in Germany!
The traditional individual path to a doctorate remains the most common in Germany. Here, a professor supervises a doctoral student, who works on his subject in consultation with the professor, but largely independently.
In Germany, structured doctoral programmes are very similar to the PhD programmes in English-speaking countries, in which a team of supervisors look after a group of doctoral students.
Germany welcomes international graduates and German universities and many funding organsations support foreign PhD students. Read more about PhD selected PhD funding programmes in Germany.
How can I fund my doctorate in Germany? Read more about employments at a university, scholarships and part-time jobs.
The most important formal qualification for being able to do a doctorate in Germany is a very good higher education degree that is recognised in Germany.
The precondition for initiating the doctoral examination process is the submission of a written doctoral thesis. A thesis is expected to demonstrate the candidate’s ability to engage in profound independent academic research.
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