EARNING A DOCTORATE DEGREE IN GERMANY
In Germany, the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a rather high academic title. It is pursued after the successful completion of a Master’s degree (or an equivalent academic degree) at an internationally recognized university, and it is often considered to be a prerequisite for an academic career. The main focus of doctoral studies is placed on research, culminating in the writing of a PhD thesis.
In Germany, there are basically three different ways to obtain a doctoral degree:
- Earning a PhD through individual research and
- through structured PhD-Programs, or
- Graduate Schools or Research Centres
Enrolled at TU Kaiserslautern, you can chose between several fields of research, linked to our departments.
In order to finance your PhD studies you have to be eligible or you have to apply for a program-related grant or other scholarships. You also have the opportunity to work as a research assistant for a university professor of a chair or institute.