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Graduate Study

PhD / Doctoral Studies

 

Doctoral Studies 

STRUCTURE OF THE DOCTORATE 

Conducting a PhD is intellectually challenging and will allow you to independently explore a specific subject area in great depth. A doctorate is worthwhile if you are pursuing a career in academia as well as a career in fields centered on research and innovation. A doctorate can be earned through an individually supervised dissertation or in a structured doctoral program. Both Freie Universität Berlin and LMU Munich offer a broad range of doctoral programs in all fields taught in English that are popular among international PhD students. 

FAST-TRACK PROGRAMS

PhD programs generally require applicants to hold a master’s degree before admissions, but there are programs that accept highly qualified Bachelor degree holders. These special tracks integrate the Master and PhD training, such as: 

Services and Support Network 

THE DAHLEM RESEARCH SCHOOL AND THE GRADUATE CENTER at LMU

The Dahlem Research School (DRS) at Freie Universität and the Graduate Center at LMU Munich are the centers for academic and professional support for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. DRS and Graduate Center LMU provide training and counseling for their researchers (doctoral and postdoctoral students) with services such as mentoring, workshops, travel grants, and networking. 

FUBRIGHT

FUBright is a special support network for international candidates at Freie Universität that offers welcome services, mentoring, mobility and career support.

Funding 

Germany offers a lot of funding opportunities for students and researchers. In addition to large organizations, such as the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), researchers and students are supported by foundations, such as the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation or the Volkswagen Foundation and many more. Funding is also provided by universities and extramural research establishments. 

 
LMU Munich Campus (Image Credit: LMU) 

LMU Munich Campus (Image Credit: LMU) 

 
Freie Universität Berlin  (Image Credit: Peter Himsel) 

Freie Universität Berlin  (Image Credit: Peter Himsel) 

 
LMU Theoloigicum (Image Credit: LMU) 

LMU Theoloigicum (Image Credit: LMU)