Exciting paths to a doctorate degree in Baden-Württemberg

There are several options to obtain your PhD at renowned institutes and highly ranked universities. Find out which way is best for your interest, your learning style and your career plans.

Thanks to the diverse and dynamic educational landscape in Baden-Württemberg, you have several options to obtain your PhD, depending on your university career, your style of studying and your research projects.

All paths will lead to a doctorate degree and will allow you to work at some of the top universities and research institutes in the world, to build an international network of fellow scientists and researchers and to enjoy a high quality of life. There are also opportunities to connect with highly innovative companies in Baden-Württemberg who serve international markets and work on solutions for the future.

Explore the following site for more information about traditional, structured, and cooperative PhD programs.

Universities and research institutes offering PhD programs

Doctorates are awarded by nine public research universities and six universities of education in Baden-Württemberg. Graduates of universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg can also obtain a doctorate in cooperation with a research university, for example by working in a research group at a Promotionskolleg.  Since 2011, it has also been possible to study for the highest academic degree at the private Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

In addition to research universities and universities of applied sciences, you can also conduct high-level research projects at companies and non-university research institutes. Some internationally renowned institutes include Fraunhofer, Helmholtz, Leibniz and Max Planck Institutes.

These institutes don’t have doctorate programs themselves but work closely with universities in Baden-Württemberg and around the world. They have established ways for young researchers to earn their doctorate degrees.

How to obtain a PhD

There are three different paths that lead to a doctorate degree in Baden-Württemberg. Find out which one is the best choice for you.

Post-doc opportunities

Once you finished your doctorate degree, you have many exciting job opportunities to choose from.

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