Doctoral Studies at the University of Bamberg

1. Different ways to do your PhD 

There are generally two different ways to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Bamberg:

a) Structured PhD programmes

b) Individual doctoral studies

Structured PhD programmes are associated with a specific thematic field of research. The doctoral thesis takes shape and is written in close interaction with a community of doctoral candidates and a network of supervising professors. Doctoral candidates attend particular subject-specific and interdisciplinary courses, and sign supervision agreements determining the rights and duties of doctoral candidates and advisors, respectively. You will find an overview of all structured PhD programmes offered at the University of Bamberg on this website.

Individual doctorates are generally supervised by only one professor and evolve from close interaction with this supervisor. Besides regular participation in colloquia, individual doctoral studies do not necessarily require a more institutionalized exchange between doctoral candidates.

You will find more information about the two ways of doing a PhD at the University of Bamberg on this website.

2. Application

You are interested in a structured PhD program of the University of Bamberg? Please contact the speaker of the structured program of your choice and apply to her or him directly. You will find recommendations for contacting professors and for your application on this website.


You are interested in an individual doctorate at the University of Bamberg? Please contact the supervisor of your choice and apply to her or him directly. You will find recommendations for contacting professors and for your application on this website.


3. Admission to doctoral studies and enrolment

Your application was successful and you signed a supervision agreement for a structured PhD program or you obtained an acceptance letter from your PhD supervisor? Congratulations! You have managed the most important step. How to proceed now?

If you obtained your Master degree from a German University, you can enrol as a doctoral student at our registrar’s office directly. You will find further information about enrolment
on this website.

Download checklist: Admission to PhD studies(81.3 KB)

If you obtained your Master degree from a University abroad, the next step for you is to request your admission to doctoral studies. You will find further information in the checklist which is available for download here. After you have been successfully admitted, you can enrol as a doctoral student at our registrar’s office. You will find further information about enrolment on this website.