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.
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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Doctoral candidates at the University of Augsburg can (but do not have to) enrol for a maximum of eight semesters. Enrolment takes place at the Registrar’s Office following the confirmation of supervision by the doctoral supervisor. Further information on the application process for candidates with foreign qualifications, can be found here.
Enrolling as a doctoral candidate
The following documentation must be submitted in order to enrol:
- A confirmation of supervision ( Betreuungsbestätigung) signed by
b) by the dean of the respective faculty in which the doctorate is being undertaken.
- The information required for the survey of statistical purposes in accordance with legal requirements must be provided on the confirmation of supervision ( see Art. 87 Para. 2 in conjunction with Art. 97 Para. 4 of the Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (Bayerisches Hochschulinnovationsgesetzes (BayHIG) from the 5th of August 2022 in its current edition).
- Students who are already enrolled at the University of Augsburg need to submit a request to change degree programme (Antrag auf Umschreibung) and current evidence of health insurance (provided that they have re-registered).
- In principle, in order to enrol in a doctorate, you need to submit an online application via VIBS. If you are already a student at the University of Augsburg, please log in to your student account in VIBS and add an application. If applicable, change your role in the upper right-hand corner to “Student.” Studying a double or multiple degree (Doppelstudium/Mehrfachstudium) is not possible when enrolling in a doctorate.
In addition to the usual application documents, an officially certified copy of the degree certificate entitling you to undertake a doctorate must be submitted. A confirmation of academic progress (Studienverlaufsbescheinigung) or confirmation of de-registration (Exmatrikulationsbescheinigung) must also be submitted if you have previously been enrolled at one or more higher education institutions in Germany or are still enrolled. Enrolment is not possible without evidence of having completed a degree.
Doctoral candidates who do not hold a German higher education entrance qualification must also submit evidence of having sufficient German language skills. However, it is at the discretion of the doctoral candidate’s supervisor to exempt them from this requirement within the context of the confirmation of supervision.
Enrolment as a doctoral candidate at the University of Augsburg is for a maximum of eight semesters, irrespective of how long the doctorate lasts.