Structured PhD-Programs in English

Structured PhD-Programs or IPP`s (International Postgraduate Programs) are a fairly recent development in German higher education. They include a curricular program in your research field and interdisciplinary subjects.

Benefits are:

  • Flexible admission for foreign applicants, e.g. graduates holding a Bachelor`s degree
  • Including financial support /grants and scholarships
  • English largely used in courses and everyday work
  • Team-based doctorate, frequently involving joint research projects which ensures that a constant process of exchange takes place with other doctoral students and supervisor.


The Ph.D. Program at the Graduate School combines modern theory of mathematics with computer simulation and application to real world problems.

The duration of Ph.D. studies is 3 years. The pure research work and the Doctoral degree is awarded on the basis of the reviewed Ph.D. thesis and a disputation.
The programme will prepare you well to work in R&D departments in industry or commerce, and will enable you to teach real applications of mathematics.
Currently, the department has about 100 Ph.D. students from 26 countries. They are in research
groups belonging to :

  • Algebra
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Functional Analysis
  • Geomathematics
  • Industrial Mathematics
  • Optimization
  • Statistics and Stochastic

German University rankings prove that Kaiserslautern is top in research. So, only excellent
candidates are accepted for Ph.D. In general, scholarships for Ph.D. students are provided.
Every year the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports 5 new candidates from developing countries in the Ph.D. Program “Mathematics in Industry and Commerce”. 

For more information visit the program´s website, where you also find the Application Form.

Excellent BSc graduates are eligible for this international PhD program which combines MSc modules taught in english with supervised research. The PhD program can be completed within realively short time and culminates in the internationally recognized PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat. or Dr.-Ing.).

Application deadlines:

February 1st (summer term) and July 1st (winter term)

For more information visit the program´s website.


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