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PhD: Your PhD in Germany

Some 25,000 academics receive doctoral degrees in Germany every year – far more than in any other European country. And each year, more and more young international researchers are choosing to write their dissertations or join a doctoral research team in Germany. In fact, the number of foreign doctoral candidates in Germany has more than doubled since 1997.

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PhD students © Lichtenscheid/DAAD
PhD students . © Lichtenscheid/DAAD

There’s more than one way to get your doctoral title in Germany. Depending on the subject, research proposal and type of university, there are several possible paths to a PhD, the most common of which are individual doctoral studies and structured PhD programmes. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly common.

Before coming to Germany to do a PhD, young researchers ask themselves numerous questions:

  • How to obtain a PhD?
  • Where can I find a PhD position?
  • How can I finance my PhD?

The website Research in Germany answers these questions and informs you about research and funding opportunities in Germany.