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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




Due to current events, our personal consultation hours are cancelled until further notice. However, we are at your disposal via our contact form for international students or by email:

Team "Application, admission, enrolment and service for international students"
SSC (Student Service Center), ground floor
Universitätsstr. 22a, 50937 Cologne



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)