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, your hosting institute has to 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).


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).

Ph.D. candidates who enrol at UDE receive a student ID which can be used as a library card, a canteen card, a copying card and a bus ticket for the shuttle bus between campuses. With the “Semesterticket” they also receive a public transport ticket.

All students have to pay a fee called “semester contribution” (Sozial- und Studierendenschaftsbeitrag) each semester. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used to support student bodies and the charge for the semester ticket (local public transport within all of Germany). For more info, see here.

Required documents

Enrolment as a Ph.D.

  • Letter of Invitation from your department at UDE
  • Enrolment application form
  • Survey form doctoral statistics
  • PhD Board confirmation of admission
  • Original certificates and German or English translations
  • Proof of health insurance cover
  • Passport
  • Passport picture (JPG) for the student ID card 

Enrolment as a visiting Ph.D.

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

  • Letter of Invitation from your department or faculty
  • Proof of health insurance cover
  • Passport
  • Photo of you in passport format (JPG)

Contact person

Campus Essen / Campus Duisburg:

Ms Eugenia Dahl


Berliner Platz 6-8
D-45127 Essen


At the moment, enrolment as a Ph.D. and guest Ph.D. is only possible by e-mail. To do so, please send an e-mail with the necessary documents to Ms Eugenia Dahl.

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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 early career 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.