This page provides an overview of the ways to obtain a doctorate at TU Dortmund University, how to enroll and which documents are required.
If you decide to do a doctorate, you can choose between various options. Depending on the subject area, research topic, individual and formal requirements, there are basically two ways to obtain a doctorate:
Most doctoral students choose the individual doctoral model.
In Germany, the individual doctorate is the classic route to a doctorate. It offers a high degree of academic freedom, but also requires a high degree of independence and motivation. In an individual doctorate, you must find a university professor who works in your department and can supervise your dissertation. Depending on your research topic, it may be advisable to write your dissertation alone or in cooperation with other scientists. At TU Dortmund University you will also be involved in the respective structured doctoral program of the faculty.
The individual doctorate often takes place in the context of an employment at the respective chair or institute as a research assistant. However, doctoral students can also finance themselves through a scholarship or external employment.
As an alternative to an individual doctorate, Germany also offers the possibility of doing a doctorate within a structured doctoral program. The structured programs are similar to the Anglo-Saxon PhD system. This model offers constant and intensive supervision by a team of supervisors. It includes a curriculum of courses, usually with an interdisciplinary focus.
Please contact the respective faculties for the search for a supervisor.
As soon as the supervision of your doctoral studies is assured, the doctoral committee of the respective faculty will decide on the equivalence of the previous studies with a German academic degree and possibly grant you admission to the doctoral program.
If admission has been granted, you can then register by post. To do this, please send the documents listed below to:
TU Dortmund University
International Office - Admissions
- Original confirmation of supervision from the supervising professor, provided that the faculty has not submitted an application for the formal preliminary examination of the doctorate to the International Office
- Signed registration for enrolment
- Original admission to the doctorate by the doctoral committee of the faculty
- Officially certified copies of the degrees and certificates of study (Bachelor and Master) as well as the corresponding subject and grade overview and translation (English or German)
- Copy of passport with valid visa for study purposes (if available with electronic residence permit and supplementary sheet)
- Certificate from a statutory health insurance company, unless you are over 30 years old*
- Original of the certificate of the Academic Evaluation Center (APS)
- HEC Attestation Stamp on the subject and grade overviews of previous studies and degrees
Important note: Please do not send us original certificates!
* For enrolment at a university, both those with statutory and private health insurance need a confirmation which provides information as proof that the person concerned is exempt from compulsory insurance in the German statutory health insurance scheme. This confirmation can be obtained from the statutory health insurance companies in Germany.
Further information: On the pages of the university's study program you can find general information on doctoral studies at TU Dortmund University.
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The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.