Starting a doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen

Doctoral research – first steps

On this page you will find an overview with further links to the most important topics and offers around starting a doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

The Dean's Offices and professors of the faculties are your first point of contact for all organisational and subject-related questions.

If you are an international researcher, please take a closer look at our info page for international early career researchers.

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Stages of doctoral research

What are the steps in getting a PhD?


Finding a supervisor

Some tips for finding a supervisor for your PhD project



Requirements and regulations for a doctorate at the UDE


Doctoral committees

Here you will find links to the doctoral committees in the faculties.



Take a look at different ways to finance your doctorate.


Structured doctoral programmes

Overview of the various structured doctoral programs at the UDE.


Reading tip: What do I do after my studies? In it's August 2020 edition, the student newspaper ak[due]ll introduces career options after your studies, including tips on how to start a doctorate.

Read more (in German)

Decision support and services

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The annual Frühjahrsakademie, which takes place in March, is aimed at those interested in a doctorate and at doctoral researchers in the early stages. The aim of the interdisciplinary workshop program is to provide support in the decision-making process and in the initial phase of the doctorate.

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Academic career paths

A doctorate opens up a wide range of career paths in universities, research institutions, business, and society. We provide an overview of some of the most common career paths.

Academic career paths
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Information and counselling services in the faculties

The faculties of the UDE provide useful information on doctoral research in the respective subject areas and are available to you as contact persons.

Faculties' Services
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Our consulting services

If you have general questions on starting a doctorate at the University of Duisburg-Essen or are not sure who is the right contact person for you, we will be happy to help you. Send us an e-mail or make an appointment.

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