Doing a doctorate at TU Darmstadt
The Technische Universität Darmstadt provides dedicated early career researchers an outstanding research environment.
The doctorate at TU Darmstadt is regarded as a scientific qualification and the first stage of a career, not as a third stage of study.
There are two ways of gaining a doctorate:
- Traditional – doctoral candidates carry out research individually under the supervision of the supervisor and are not bound to a mandatory programme of studies.
- Structured – doctoral candidates do their studies within the context of a structured doctoral programme, mostly in a group with other early career researchers.
What formal requirements do I have to meet?
In order to do a doctorate at TU Darmstadt, a recognized university degree is required. This is generally a qualification corresponding to a master’s or Magister, Diplom or state examination.
In the case of degrees from foreign universities, an equivalence test is necessary.
Knowledge of the German language
Some departments allow a doctorate to be done in English. Please clarify with your supervisor what language skills are required.
General information about doctoral studies in Germany
You can find general information about doctoral studies in Germany on the website Research in Germany – Land of Ideas.
How do I find a supervisor?
An important step is choosing a supervisor. On the web pages of the different departments you can find information about current research topics and an overview of the professors.
Once an appropriate person has been identified, the prospective doctoral candidate makes contact directly with the professor in question by means of a formal application.
Here the studies completed so far, the topic of the master’s thesis and the planned subject of research should be outlined.
Doctorate places are not assigned centrally at TU Darmstadt.
How can I fund my doctoral studies?
- Employment as a research assistant
The funding of your doctorate should be discussed with your supervisor early on.
No tuition fees are charged at TU Darmstadt.
Are you looking for a scholarship to fund your doctorate?
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Here you can find an overview of the current advertisements for jobs at TU Darmstadt.
If you would like to find out more about the TU as an employer, the most important points can be found on the web page New at the TU.
Which further formal steps need to be taken?
At TU Darmstadt there are two formal processes:
Acceptance as a doctoral candidate by the department
Degrees are granted by the departments at TU Darmstadt. This means you need to be accepted as a doctoral candidate by a department.
To apply for acceptance as a doctoral candidate, a formal application is made to the department’s doctoral board.
Part of the procedure for the admission of a doctoral candidate includes establishing whether the person has the necessary qualifications to do a doctorate or whether proof of any further examinations needs to be provided.
Prospective doctoral candidates can obtain further information from their supervisor or from the dean’s office of the department.
Enrolment as a doctoral student
For doctoral studies, enrolment as a “doctoral student” is optional. For scholarship holders, however, enrolment is recommended.
If you would like to enrol for doctoral studies, please first apply for acceptance as a doctoral candidate at the appropriate department.
International doctoral candidates who need a student visa for entry into Germany can get their acceptance from the department later after their arrival. Initially they enrol as a “student without degree”. For this written confirmation of supervision from the supervisor at TU Darmstadt is necessary.
With this status, a visa can be applied for as soon as you have received confirmation of matriculation.
By enrolling as a doctoral student, you become a member of the university and are given student status.
Documents for doing a doctorate at TU Darmstadt
The most important documents for doing a doctorate can be found on the page General doctoral regulations of the Technische Universität Darmstadt and Specific Regulations of the Departments.
For doctoral studies there are no application deadlines at TU Darmstadt.
Support offered by Ingenium
Ingenium is the umbrella organization for promoting early career researchers at TU Darmstadt.
With the start of your doctorate at TU Darmstadt you are invited to join events – like professional skill courses – organised by Ingenium. The Ingenium Welcome Office can support you in all questions related to getting started at TU Darmstadt.