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.
Registering / enrolment as a Doctoral (PhD) Candidate
For starting a doctorate at the TU Darmstadt, an online registration is obligatory.
At the same time, the enrolment as student is optional. For scholarship holders, however, enrolment is recommended. The registration and/or the enrolment are possible throughout the academic year and do not have a deadline.
In order to proceed with the online registration, you need a supervisor’s confirmation from the respective faculty of our university.
Before proceeding with the application, please choose the right application portal according to the country of the university entrance qualification (Hochschulzugangsberechtigung). People with German university entrance qualification must use the webportal TUCaN, with a university entrance qualification from another country the webportal movein. Further information can be found here.
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.
General Information / Documents (6)
- Do any temporary provisions apply before the 8th amendment of the Doctoral Regulations come into force?
- General Information about Doctorates
Registration/Enrolment (TUCaN) (10)
- Online Registration and Enrollment for a doctorate
- What is the difference between registration and enrolment?
- Can I change my mind between ‘registration’ and ‘enrolment’ afterwards?
- Registration / enrolment as a PhD student with foreign university entrance qualification
- Foreign university entrance qualification and (master) degree in Germany – which portal to use?
- Why do I need to register as a doctoral candidate?
- Do I get a TU-ID as a doctoral candidate?
- Enrolment/Registration for former TU students
- Registration for courses / language courses as doctoral candidate
5-Year Deadline (1)
Compilation Thesis (1)
Viva Voce (5)
- Can members of the examination board be represented by another person?
- In which language will the viva voce be conducted?
- May the report on a doctoral examination be sent to external examiners electronically?
- Which requirements apply to junior scientists who wish to be assessors?
- Who can sit on the examination board?
Thesis Declaration (2)
Publication of the Thesis (10)
- Can a doctoral thesis be modified once it has been published on TUprints?
- Can a document that has been published in TUprints be withdrawn or ‘unpublished’?
- Does a printed copy of the doctoral thesis need to be filed in the departmental office’s archives?
- Does the ISBN prove that the thesis has been distributed to book stores?
- How is a doctoral thesis published?
- Is there any financial support available for the publication of my thesis?
- What does ‘released in book stores’ mean?
- What does ‘versioning’ mean with respect to a doctoral thesis and how does it work?
- When, where and how does the electronic version need to be submitted?
- Which type of license is the most appropriate for diffusing my research results?
Support offered by Ingenium
Ingenium is the umbrella organisation 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 and networking events – organised by Ingenium.