Doctoral studies in Germany  

Doctoral studies in Germany

Please note that we can advise on doctorates under the auspices of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.

If that is not what you want, you will find information on doctorates in general or specific doctorates outside the framework of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain below.

What you should know about doctoral studies

Information on how doctorates work in Germany

In Germany, we have individually-conducted doctorates (you on your own with a supervisor) or structured doctorates (you as part of a doctoral cohort with an education and training program and with two supervisors or more).
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Information on structured doctoral studies at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain

If you want to conduct your doctoral research as a member of the structured doctoral program at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain:
Read more on how to apply and other topics around the application and admission process on these pages.

Information on doctorates in one of the many other structured doctoral programs at Berlin universities

General information on doctoral studies at Humboldt-Universitaet

At Humboldt-Universitaet, information on individually-conducted doctorates will be supplied by the responsible faculty or by Humboldt Graduate School, an umbrella organization for doctoral studies.

Some of the responsible faculties at Humboldt-Universitaet are:
Doctorate in Biology or Psychology: Faculty of Life Sciences
Doctorate in Linguistics: Faculty of Language, Literature and Humanities
Doctorate in Philosophy: Faculty of Philosophy
These and further faculties:

Doctorate in Medicine:

Information supplied through Humboldt Graduate School:

About Germany

Located in the heart of Europe, Germany with its more than 80 million inhabitants has a long-standing tradition of excellence in science and research. Today, there are 427 state-accredited universities in Germany with more than 18,000 degree programs in 180 cities, including neuroscience programs. Germany’s higher educational system is state-funded and decentralized. The universities and research organizations are largely independent. Regarding the terms of study there are no standard answers to study regulation questions – these will have to be answered by the program chosen.

Berlin and the greater metropolitan region

Berlin and the Berlin metropolitan region are the place to be for doctoral researchers: Seven universities (4 x Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Magdeburg) offer doctoral programs with excellent funding opportunities and join forces with outstanding non-university research institutions to generate a unique, vibrant academic environment.

This website will give you an insight into what Berlin has in store in all disciplines, ranging from ancient history to astrophysics – browse and be inspired:

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Doctoral candidates - How to obtain a doctorate in Germany, what you need to prepare for your stay and what you have to do once you are here:

Special information for postdoctoral researchers - What you need to prepare for your stay and what you have to do once you are here:

Studies in Germany Website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) listing publications on studies and research in Germany and weblinks  Comprehensive website of the German Research Foundation on universities, research and studies in Germany Website of German universities listing all universities, degrees and courses offered

This page last updated on: 18 April 2019