A doctorate in Germany usually means conducting an individual research project under the guidance of a professor. You can do your doctorate at the TU Braunschweig in all disciplines offered. The time required to complete a doctoral degree ranges from 3 to 5 years, depending on your field of research and the progress of your research work.
The academic requirements for a doctorate at the TU Braunschweig are:
a good or excellent university degree at Masters level
at least 5 years of study
completion of the Master's programme with a final project or a written thesis
If you apply for a doctoral degree you do not necessarily have to pass a German language test. You should clarify with your faculty or supervisor, which language requirements you must fulfil, what German proficiency level is being demanded and what language will be used in your dissertation.
To find a professor, who will supervise your work, you first need a detailed idea of the area or the subject you wish to research. Next you can find out, in which institute at the TU Braunschweig this work would be possible:
We will then inform you whether your degree can be regarded as formally sufficient for admission to doctoral studies at the TU Braunschweig.
Please note, that in some cases we will have to contact the Standing Conference (Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen) in written form. and that in this case the recognition procedure can take up to eight weeks.
Your application must contain complete evidence of your previous university education. The following documents should be included with your application form:
Passport sized photo
Documents of your university degrees (bachelor´s + master´s degree and all transcripts) in original language and in German or English translation
Topic of your doctoral thesis
PhD students at Faculty 1 and 3: Declaration from your supervisor at the TU Braunschweig (proof that you have been accepted by a supervisor and statement about the language your thesis will be written in)
PhD students at Faculty 2, 4, 5 and 6: Declaration from your supervisor and letter of admission from your Faculty
DSH-2 certificate or exemption from doctoral supervisor at TU Braunschweig
Certificate of exmatriculation (if you have already been enrolled at a German university before)
Letter of scholarship award (if applicable)
All documents must be copies in the original language accompanied by a German or English translation. Documents issued in English do not need to be translated. You will have to show the original certificates or certified copies within your enrolment semester otherwise you cannot validate your TUcard for the following semester.
Please note that there are two application procedures, one with the Mobile Researchers’ Centre and one with your faculty. You can find the contact persons for PhD students on the website of each faculty: To the faculties of the TU Braunschweig
Very important: You should also register with your faculty as soon as possible.
Help us process your documents quickly by submitting them in full.
There is no deadline for PhD students, they can start at any time of the year. But you should keep in mind that you always have to pay the fees for an entire semester. The winter semester is always from October 1st to September 30th and the summer semester from April 1st to March 31st. The processing time for applications is approx. 6 weeks from receipt of all complete documents. Once we have checked and processed your application, we will send you a letter of acceptance with all the further steps.
By the way, on our website you will find many other useful information about your stay for example to find an accommodation: To the MoRe-Website
The Mobile Researchers' Centre supports international scientists in preparing and realising their stay in the Braunschweig research region.
Given the current corona situation in Germany, the winter semester 2020/21 at the TU Braunschweig will take place as an online semester without attendance courses.
All university buildings are currently closed to the public, but the Incoming Office can be reached by telephone, e-mail and video consultation. Please contact us if you have any questions or need information. All current information for international researchers and doctoral students can be found here:
Head of Mobile Researchers‘ Centre Dr. Astrid Sebastian ☎ +49 531 391 14330