Skills Training at the Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS)

  Conversation between doctoral candidates Thilo Vogel



Doris Frank

Head of Center for Doctoral Studies


+49 241 80 94042





+49 241 80 99119



What is the Center for Doctoral Studies?

The Center for Doctoral Studies (CDS) is the center for providing continuing education and transferable skill training opportunities for doctoral candidates. Methodological and social skills are particularly valued. One of RWTH Aachen's goals is for its young researchers not only to possess excellent subject oriented skills but also a broad range of skills outside of their discipline. The CDS supports doctoral candidates with their career development.
The acquisition of key skills can be recorded in the RWTH Aachen Doctorate Supplement.

Who is the Center for Doctoral Studies intended for?

One of RWTH Aachen's goals within its integrated Human Resources Development Concept, is to promote the professional development and career of its doctoral candidates. For this reason, RWTH Aachen offers further training measures within CDS that orient themselves on the identified fields of action for human resources development measures to

• All doctoral candidates in Faculties 1 through 8
• Doctoral candidates in Faculty 10, pursuing the degrees "Dr. rer. medic." or "Dr. nat. med."
• Participants in the structured RWTH Aachen doctoral program / Graduate Schools

I find it's great that RWTH Aachen University created an institution that takes care of the skills of PhD students. It is definitely one of the reasons why a PhD should be done here.

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The Center for Doctoral Studies offers

  1. more than 200 seminars, workshops and courses
  2. around 3000 spots a year

Your Registration with the CDS

You can register with the CDS as soon as you have a written letter of confirmation from your supervisor. Have your supervisor sign your CDS registration form and submit it to the CDS office via mail or internal mail at RWTH Aachen, Division 4.3, Career Development, Center for Doctoral Studies, Templergraben 55, 52062 Aachen. You can reach us in person Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 1:30pm in the former Couvengymnasium, Kármánstraße 17/19, room U 101. The entrance is to the left of the main entrance.

Please note

CDS requires the three page original registration form with signatures. Unfortunately we cannot accept copies. Registration with the CDS has no influence on your acceptance to the doctoral studies program; this is determined by the respective faculty. The CDS expects you to complete your doctoral dissertation in due course.


Cancelling Your Registration from the CDS

If you are no longer completing your doctoral studies at RWTH Aachen, because you have discontinued your studies, have completed your studies without a doctorate supplement, or are continuing your studies at another university, please cancel your registration from the CDS. You can do so by sending an email to . If you requested the doctorate supplement upon completing your doctoral studies, your registration will be automatically cancelled.

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External Links

  • ExAcT Qualification Program

    Further education events on the topic "Teaching Skills" at theCenter for the Learning and Knowledge Management

  • Center for Mental Health

    Professional help for doctoral candidates in cases of pyschological difficulties and emotional distress