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Doctoral Candidates

Postgraduate studies at a German university differ greatly from the doctoral programs in English-speaking countries. Postgraduate studies in Germany do not consist of a set schedule of lectures, rather a sort of research project on which the doctoral candidate works under the supervision of an assigned professor. 

Application: In order to be admitted to postgraduate studies, the applicant must have obtained an academic degree from a German university (e.g. Diplom, Magister Artium, Staatsexamen, Master) or an approved equivalent degree from a foreign university. Normally applicants coming from the Anglo-American educational system must have a Master's degree.

The applicant is then expected to find a university professor (doctoral adviser) who is willing and also has the authorization to supervise the doctoral project. If the applicant does not know any of the professors for his/her area of specialization, the dean of the department may be able to help. Once the supervision is ensured, the department’s Doctoral Candidate Admissions Board (Promotionsausschuss) determines the equivalence of the previous course of studies with a German academic degree and issues the letter of admission for doctoral studies.

Duration: On average, 3-5 years are needed to complete doctoral studies, not counting the time that is necessary to determine the equivalence with a German academic degree.

If possible, you should already have at least a basic foundation in the German language before you arrive in Germany. Free language courses for doctoral candidates are offered at TU Dortmund University’s Language Center (Sprachenzentrum).

The financial basis for your doctoral studies should be secured before you arrive in Germany. You may apply for a scholarship at the International Office or through the DAAD.

 You can find an overview of all the departments at TU Dortmund University on the website. 

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