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Prospective Doctoral Students

Information for international graduates interested in earning a doctorate in Cologne

The University of Cologne offers numerous opportunities to obtain a doctorate: in structured programmes, in the traditional German individual doctorate under supervision as well as in cooperation with non-university research institutions.

"German PhDs have an excellent reputation and are internationally recognised."

Structured vs. individual PhD


Range of Studies

Browse through the websites of the Albertus Magnus Center (AMC) to learn about the possibilities at the University of Cologne or contact the faculties directly:

Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences (CGS)


Doctoral Studies at the University of Cologne


For e-mail enquiries please use our contact form.

Address: (At the moment we are not able to offer personal advice on site, please contact us by e-mail, zoom or mail. Documents can also be dropped in the letterbox in front of the International Office.)
Universität zu Köln
International Office, Team Zulassung
Studierenden Service Center, EG
Universitätsstr. 22a
50937 Köln
SSC (Student Service Center)< ground floor

Mailing address:
Universität zu Köln
International Office, Team Zulassung
50923 Köln

Service Point: General enquiries, UCCard issues:
Opening hours:
Mondays till fridays 10 - 3 pm

Personal consultation hours on Zoom:

Prospective students - Bachelor/State Examination (for EU citizens and and citizens on equal terms, Germans with foreign Entrance Qualification):
Tuesdays and thursdays 10 - 12:30 pm

Prospective students - Bachelor/State Examination (for non-EU citizens):
Tuesdays and thursdays 10 - 12:30 pm

Prospective students - Master:
Tuesdays and thursdays 10 - 12:30 pm

Prospective Doctoral Students:

Faculty of Management, Economis and Social Science; Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Faculty of Human Sciences
Tuesdays10 - 12:30 pm

Faculty of Medicine
Thursdays 10 - 12:30 pm

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Thursdays 10 - 12:30 pm



Interesting Services and Information for International Doctoral Students



Mentoring Programmes of the HR Development for Researchers

For female (doctoral) students with a primarily non-university career goal

Gender Mentoring-Agentur – for female students & doctoral candidates (GER/EN)

Erste Generation Promotion – for (doctoral) students with a non-academic background (GER)