Doctoral/ PhD Programmes

Researchers, Credit: Ingolstadt UAS

Get Your Doctorate in Bavaria

Bavaria provides an excellent research environment for doctoral students. You may choose to conduct your doctoral studies individually or take part in a structured PhD programme at one of the state’s top research universities.

Several independent research institutions, such as Max Planck or Fraunhofer Institutes, offer PhD programmes in co-operation with research universities. And a number of universities of applied sciences now collaborate with research universities to offer joint doctoral programmes.

As a doctoral student in Bavaria you can also benefit from numerous funding opportunities and special programmes.

Individual Research in Bavaria

The majority of doctoral students in Germany and in Bavaria choose to work on their thesis independently. This means that they are supervised by a professor but are responsible for their own research. There is no set time-frame for independent doctorates, but most students complete their dissertations within three to five years.

How to Apply for Individual Doctorates in Bavaria

There is no central admissions office for doctoral students in Germany. If you are interested in getting your PhD or a different doctoral title in Bavaria, you need to find a supervisor. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at a Bavarian university can speak to their professors to find a suitable supervisor for their thesis. Alternatively, you could search online for university departments and professors that specialise in your field of interest.

Search for universities specialising in your field of research

Structured Doctoral/ PhD Programmes in Bavaria

There are also a number of structured PhD programmes in Bavaria. These programmes are mostly available for science subjects, where a team of academic supervisors works with a group of PhD students on a particular research project. Often the research teams are international and the common working language is English. Structured PhD programmes also frequently involve some compulsory attendance of seminars and lectures and some form of interim assessment.

Here you find a first overview of structured PhD programmes in Bavaria.

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Special Doctoral Programmes in Bavaria

Elite Network of Bavaria – International Doctorate Programmes

The Elite Network of Bavaria runs several International Doctorate Programmes for gifted students. These are structured PhD programmes in diverse areas of research ranging from Studies in Literature and the Arts, to Nanodesign of High Performance Catalysts or Quantum Computing. Students enrolled in these programmes benefit from outstanding facilities for training and research and extensive mentoring schemes. Additionally, the Elite Network funds young researchers within the International Doctorate Programmes by providing PhD appointments at the university.
International Doctorate Programmes of the Elite Network of Bavaria