How to obtain a PhD in Germany
A doctorate is the highest academic degree that a university can award. In Germany, studying for a doctorate primarily means working intensely on a specific subject or research project for a long period of time. The length of time a doctorate takes also varies. Three to five years are normal.
Two ways to do your PhD
If you decide to do a doctorate, you can choose between different forms of study. Depending on your discipline, research area, personal circumstances and formal qualifications, there are two different paths:
- Individual Doctorate:
The individual doctorate is based on independent research carried out alone under the supervision of one professor. Around 90 per cent of doctoral candidates are following the traditional route.
- Structured PhD Programmes:
These programmes offer a form of training similar to that found in English-speaking countries. Here, a team of supervisors guide their doctoral candidates.