The path to the highest academic degree awarded by universities in Germany is achieved through the doctoral degree. In this academic qualification phase, the future holders of a doctorate carry out intensive research on a specific topic or project and then present their findings in a dissertation thesis and an oral examination.


The doctorate is a further qualification in the academic career through a written contribution to progress in science (dissertation) and an oral examination (disputation). The written work is supervised by a university teacher ("doctoral supervisor"). Supervision must be sought by the student him/herself. The traditional system of individual doctoral supervision is supplemented at some faculties by a graduate programme.


Graduates of a domestic or foreign academic university with an above-average degree at Master's, Magister, Diplom or state examination level (law, Gymnasium teacher training) as well as graduates of a university of applied sciences with an above-average degree at Master's level can do a doctorate. Graduates of shorter state examination programmes ( teacher training for primary, middle and secondary schools; standard period of study: 7 semesters) are required by the doctoral committee to provide additional proof of academic achievement for admission to doctoral studies. Successful completion of the medical examination is sufficient to obtain the degree of Dr. med. Further regulations for admission to doctoral studies can be found in the General Doctoral Regulations ( Allgemeinen Promotionsordnung) and in the doctoral regulations of the individual faculties ( Promotionsordnungen der einzelnen Fakultäten).


The General Doctoral Regulations ( Allgemeinen Promotionsordnung) describe which conditions must be met to obtain a doctoral degree. The doctoral regulations of the individual faculties ( Promotionsordnungen der einzelnen Fakultäten) regulate the admission requirements in the individual faculties. The professors in the faculties are the first points of contact if you are interested in a doctorate in a particular subject. If you would like general advice, please use the  general doctoral counselling service.


You can pursue a doctoral project either within the framework of a doctoral position, a doctoral study course or as an external doctoral student.

Open doctoral positions are advertised on our website. Mostly in a central place, often also on the homepage of the individual professorships and chairs. Find out more about the chairs and professorships in the subjects that are suitable for your doctoral project - this applies regardless of whether you would like to conduct research as part of a doctoral programme or as an external doctoral studen




Graduate study courses are temporary study and research programmes in which scientific research is concentrated on a specific topic. Here you will find good opportunities for doctoral studies for future scientists.


Graduate Programmes


general doctoral counselling service

Anyone who, at the end of a successful Diplom, Master's or Magister degree, a degree with an equivalent state examination or a degree in human medicine, is considering whether a doctorate might be an attractive option for professional, academic or personal reasons, can obtain orientation in the doctoral advisory service. In an individual counselling session, basic topics such as motivation, formalities under university law (doctoral regulations, enrolment), supervision ("Doktorvater/-mutter"), tips on choosing a topic, time planning, funding opportunities / financing and career prospects are discussed.


The supervision of the dissertation in terms of subject matter and content is the responsibility of the respective supervisor.


We also support you during your doctorate with workshops, e.g. on time and self-management, and additional counselling services (such as work-life balance, learning counselling).


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Those who are writing their doctoral thesis at the University of Augsburg can (but do not have to) enrol for a maximum of eight semesters for doctoral studies at the Student Office if the supervising professor confirms the intention to do a doctorate [ application and information for international applicants in doctoral studies].


  • A confirmation of supervision Betreuungsbestätigung of the doctoral supervisor ((Doktormutter/Doktorvater) must be submitted that is signed by
            a) the doctoral supervisor (Doktormutter/Doktorvater) who is supervising the doctoral project,

            b) by the dean of the respective faculty at which the doctorate is taken.

  • Furthermore, the information necessary for the survey of statistical purposes in accordance with the legal requirements (Art. 87 Para. 2 in conjunction with Art. 97 Para. 4 of the Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (Bayerisches Hochschulinnovationsgesetzes (BayHIG) must be provided on the confirmation of supervision. Without these two signatures and the above-mentioned information, no enrolment is possible.
  • Students who are already enrolled require an application for transfer (provided that they have re-registered) to the doctoral programme.
  • In principle, an online application via VIBS is required for enrolment in a doctoral degree programme. If you are already enrolled at the University of Augsburg, please log in to your student account in VIBS and add an application. Studying a double degree (Doppelstudium) is not possible when enrolling on a doctoral degree programme.

In addition to the usual application documents, an officially certified copy of the degree certificate of the university degree entitling the holder to a doctorate must be submitted. Moreover, a certificate of study progress or exmatriculation (if you are/were already enrolled at one or more higher education institutions in Germany) must be submitted; application documents. Enrolment is not possible without proof of having passed a university degree examination.

Doctoral candidates who do not hold a German university entrance qualification must also submit proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language. However, it is at the discretion of the doctoral candidate's supervisor to exempt the doctoral candidate from the proof of German language skills within the framework of the confirmation of supervision.


Enrolment as a doctoral candidate at the University of Augsburg is for a maximum of eight semesters, regardless of how long the doctorate lasts.


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