Doing a doctorate in Germany

The awarding of a doctoral degree by a university is known as a doctorate. It takes place as part of a specific procedure lasting several years, during which doctoral candidates demonstrate their ability to carry out independent academic work. Once the examinations have been successfully completed and all formal requirements have been met, the university or faculty responsible awards the academic degree of “Doctor”.
The doctorate involves writing a scientific paper, the dissertation, and defending it in a type of examination. Many universities also offer structured doctoral programmes that include special courses and supervision structures. An alternative option is a doctorate in collaboration with industry, where doctoral students can gain practical experience as well as conduct research. International doctoral programmes allow doctoral students to participate in cooperative projects with several universities.
The German Rectors’ Conference offers further information and tips on a website, which also contains a database of over 1000 doctoral programmes in a wide range of subject areas:

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Universität Tübingen. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Mostafa Elyasian.






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