Doctoral Studies

Newly graduated doctoral student at his celebration Thilo Vogel

Your Master's is behind you, the future before you: Those interested in working research after they graduate often go on to complete a doctorate. At RWTH Aachen, completing a doctorate is seen as the first step in professional life and for this reason is very application oriented.

The Legal Foundation

for doctoral studies is the Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia with

Goal of Your Doctoral Studies

You independently research and develop new knowledge in your field and illustrate your findings in your dissertation. In doing so, you prove that you can conduct research in your discipline and are qualified for the job market.

Interdisciplinary Qualification

At the moment, interdisciplinary skills are increasingly being sought in both an academic career and in the free economy. Thus, the Center for Doctoral Studies at RWTH Aachen,CDS, offers doctoral students numerous workshops and seminars, with which they can expand their breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge during their doctoral studies. If you enter yourself in our mailing list, we will consistently inform you of news via email.

The principles of good scientific practice

In the same way that all researchers working at RWTH Aachen University do, doctoral candidates are also committed to adhere to the principles of good scientific practice. In case of conflict, as well as in matters of suspected research misconduct, they can also turn to the special confidants, whose task it is to safeguard good scientific practice at RWTH Aachen.

You can also find events related to the topic "Good Scientific Practice" among the offerings presented by the Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS).

Supervision by the Faculties

The faculties formally determine the requirements for doctoral studies, govern the order of the doctoral studies process, and lay both down in their own exam regulation.

The respective contact person in the faculties and the Center for Doctoral Studies will gladly help you with your official start of doctoral studies, give you tips for comprehensive qualification, and provide advising on financial support during the doctoral period.

Doctoral Office in the Faculties
Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Natural Sciences
Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
School of Business and Economics
Faculty of Medicine

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