Information for PhD Students

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Information for prospective Ph.D. candidates

We are pleased that you are interested in doctoral studies at the UDE.

Prospective Ph.D. candidates must identify a supervisor and propose a scientific topic on their own initiative (you can find an overview of the faculties here). If your proposal is accepted, you must first have the equivalence of your degrees checked. To do so, please send the following documents by e-mail to

  • Letter of academic supervision from the faculty supervisor at UDE
  • Copy of the bachelor degree certificate and the corresponding transcript, including German or English translation
  • Copy of the master degree certificate and the corresponding transcript, including German or English translation.

You can submit your application at any time (except graduate schools).

When your diplomas have been checked for equivalence, you can enrol as a PhD student.


Please note that you must also register as a Ph.D. This is determined by the provisions of the Higher Education Act (§ 67, paras. 4 and 5) and the Enrolment Regulations (§ 2 para. 4).

Required documents

As a Ph.D.

  • Letter of Invitation from your department at UDE
  • Enrolment application form
  • "Äquivalenzbescheinigung" from the International Office (This document is requested by your supervising professor)
  • PhD Board confirmation of admission (if already available)
  • Original certificates and German or English translations
  • Proof of health insurance cover
  • In case of private health insurance: Proof from a statutory health insurance company that no statutory insurance is possible.
  • Passport
  • Passport photo

As a visiting Ph.D.

Only enrol as a visiting Ph.D. when you do not want to graduate in Germany.

  • Letter of Invitation from your department or faculty
  • Proof from a statutory health insurance provider that you are not liable to insurance deductions
  • Passport
  • Passport photo

Enrolment as a Ph.D.

Campus Essen / Campus Duisburg:
Mrs. Eugenia Dahl
Universitätsstr. 15
45117 Essen
Room: –V15 S00 D27

Enrolment as a visiting Ph.D.

Campus Essen:
Mrs. Marion Kowalski
Universitätsstr 15
45117 Essen
Room: V15 R03 G36

Campus Duisburg:
Please contact:

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Tip: Graduate Center Plus

The Graduate Center Plus (GC Plus) is a cross-disciplinary service institution and provides information on all aspects of the PhD and postdoc phase. Here you will find information on the wide range of support and qualification opportunities for young researchers at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The GC Plus also offers individual counselling and a varied program of workshops, information and career events for doctoral students and postdocs.

Further information can be found here.

If you are interested in a doctorate at the UDE, you can find information on the promotion process here.