Admission Requirements for Doctoral Studies


You have completed your Master's degree and your focus is now on what's ahead: Those looking for academic work after their studies often complete doctoral studies first.


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In accordance with the latest, currently valid, version of Section 67 Paragraph 1 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act, or HG for short, a doctorate is proof of the ability to carry out independent scientific work that goes beyond the general study objective in accordance with section 58, paragraph 1 HG. This ability is determined on the basis of a scientific written work, or dissertation, as well as further examinations. The doctoral degree is awarded upon completion of doctoral studies.

Enrollment in doctoral studies is restricted to twelve semesters. This period can only be extended with the approval of the doctoral committee. You can find further information on this topic under Doctoral Studies.

Prospective doctoral candidates who have obtained their qualifying degree, usually the Master's degree, in Germany will find further information on application and enrollment at RWTH Aachen University on our Enrolling as a Doctoral Candidate page. If this applies to you, you will need an official admission to doctoral studies by the responsible doctoral committee of RWTH Aachen University.


International Prospective Doctoral Candidates Please Note:

International applicants who acquired their Master’s degree or equivalent at a university outside Germany can find more information about doctoral studies on the designated page for Prospective International Doctoral Students.

You must apply for a place at the university. You can find further important information on applying for a doctoral studies spot on the page titled Application to Doctoral Studies.