Doctoral studies in Germany  

Doctoral studies in Germany

What you should know about doctoral studies and postdoctoral research in 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 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  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  Website of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) listing universities, degrees and courses offered

Website of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) listing publications on studies and research in Germany and weblinks

Earning a Doctorate in Germany
Brochure download (pdf 3,42 MB)

Promovieren in Deutschland
Broschüre zum Download (pdf 2,1 MB)

Study and Research in Germany. Annotated Weblinks
Brochure download (pdf 1,12 MB)

Studieren und forschen in Deutschland. Kommentierte Weblinks
Broschüre zum Download (pdf 1,13 MB) (in German)

This page last updated on: 18 June 2018