Research in Germany


Research in Germany

Doing a Doctorate in Germany


Information for PhD students

Some 25,000 academics receive doctoral degrees in Germany every year – far more than in any other European country. And each year, more and more young international researchers are choosing to write their dissertations or join a doctoral research team in Germany. In fact, the number of foreign doctoral candidates in Germany has more than doubled since 1997.

Different paths to a PhD

There’s more than one way to get your doctoral title in Germany. Depending on the subject, research proposal and type of university, there are several possible paths to a PhD, the most common of which are individual doctoral studies and structured PhD programmes. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue their PhD  through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly common.

The DAAD website offers an overview of the various forms of doctoral study in Germany and contains information about funding opportunities and formal admission requirements.