Application - admission - enrollment

You would like to know which types of doctoral studies are possible in Germany and how to apply for doctoral studies?

Detailed information on the different types of doctoral studies in Germany can be found on the English website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Research in Germany - Info for PhD students.

Finding a PhD position is a portal especially for applicants from abroad searching for doctoral positions in Germany provided by the German Academic Exchange Service. Doctoral projects which applicants need to finance themselves can also be found on this portal. You can apply for a position directly online via the portal. 

You are from abroad and would like to apply for a doctorate at Kiel University?

The procedures mentioned above generally apply at Kiel University. The first persons to contact are professors at Kiel University who could potentially supervise your doctoral project. You should enquire about the possibility of doing your doctorate at the institutes which are working on projects in your field of interest. You may also contribute your own project ideas. To find out if the professor of your preference can supervise you please read the  doctoral degree regulations of the faculty of your choice.

The academic fields offered at Kiel University can be found on the websites of the Faculties:

Faculty of Theology

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Art and Humanities

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences

Faculty of Engineering

You can find positions in research projects here.

To find out if you meet the requirements for doing a doctorate at Kiel University your examinations must be verified at the faculty responsible for you. The dean's offices, contact persons at the faculties and doctoral regulations are listed here.

In order to begin doctoral studies at the university you must have a master's degree or an equivalent degree from an accredited university. The degree must be valid at Kiel University and demonstrate that you are qualified for doctoral studies. The International Center will gladly assist you in attaining such recognition with its evaluation service for foreign degrees. Here you can find information on admission.

All necessary information on applications, admissions and registration can be found in this brochure:

Doctoral studies at Kiel University: Applications – admissions – enrollment

Once you have received your letter of admission, you will find information to help you start your doctoral studies at Kiel University in this leaflet:

Starting your doctoral studies

The Service Office at the Graduate Center is happy to answer general questions at +49 (0431) 880-3218 or at

If you need special assistance please contact Ms Veronika Langner at the International Center at +49 (0431) 880-3718 or