Completing a doctoral degree at Fulda University of Applied Sciences: We offer you two ways to take a doctoral degree: You can take part in a cooperative PhD programme with a classic university or do a doctorate on the basis of Fulda University's independent right to confer doctoral degrees. Until recently, only traditional universities (as opposed to universities of applied sciences) were empowered to confer doctoral degrees.
Doctoral degrees in cooperation with a university
A cooperative PhD is an option in areas for which Fulda University itself is not yet authorised to confer doctoral degrees. Because this was the only possible option until January 2017, you can benefit from our professors' extensive experience with cooperative programmes.
Doctoral degrees based on Fulda University's independent right to confer a doctorate
The Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Art has awarded certain departments at Fulda University the right to confer doctoral degrees ("eigenständige Promotionsrecht"). This offers young scientists and researchers the opportunity to carry out high-quality scientific work with professors of Fulda University directly and locally and to earn a doctoral degree.
How to take a doctoral degree at Fulda University of Applied Sciences
|1. Collect thesis ideas|
|2. Look for possible thesis supervisor|
|3. Decide whether to: a) do a PhD in cooperation with a university or b) complete a doctoral degree with Fulda University on the basis of its independent right to confer doctoral degrees.|
|a (1) Take a doctoral degree in cooperation with a university||b. (1) Take a doctoral degree on the basis of Fulda University's independent right to confer doctoral degrees.|
|a. (2) If applicable, make an appointment for a consultation with Katja Richter||b. (2) If applicable, make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Sebastian Mehl|
|4. Write a research proposal|
|5. Arrange to speak to possible supervisors|
|6. Revise research proposal with supervisor|
|a. (1) Contact potential supervisor at a university||b. (not applicable)|
|a. (2) Revise research proposal with university supervisor||b. (not applicable)|
|a. (3) Apply for admission to a doctoral programme at the university||b. Apply for admission to a doctoral programme at Fulda University|
|a. (4) Send a copy of the university's letter of acceptance to Katja Richter||b. (not applicable)|
|7. Specify thesis subject|
|8. Carry out doctoral project – write thesis|
|a. (1) Submit thesis to the university and start doctoral examination procedure||b. (1) Submit thesis to Fulda University and start doctoral examination procedure|
|a. (2) Oral examination/doctoral viva at university||b. (2) Examination (presentation and oral examination) at Fulda University|
|9. Publish thesis|
|a. (1) Receive doctoral certificate from university||b. (1) Receive doctoral certificate at Fulda University|
|a. (2) Submit copy of doctoral certificate to Katja Richter||b. (not applicable)|
First port of call for all persons interested in pursuing a doctoral degree
If you have questions about taking a doctoral degree at Fulda University, your first port of call is the central PhD Coordinating Office.
Katja Richter can offer you advice on:
- cooperative doctoral programmes with universities
- the doctoral procedure, first steps
- finding a supervisor
- individual doctoral degree management
- crises during doctoral degrees
- networking opportunities
- doctoral scholarships
- continuing education
- information on external activities
- allowances for doctoral students for conferences, congresses, individual training programmes or academic publications
Dr. Sebastian Mehl can offer you advice on:
- taking a doctoral degree at Fulda University on the basis of its independent right to confer doctoral degrees.
Working together to achieve academic goals
Together we are always stronger than alone. It's always useful to team up with other people who have the same or similar interests. Networks offer members the opportunity to learn and benefit from the experiences of others.
Networks for doctoral students
Young Academics Network (YAN)
YAN is a network of doctoral candidates and researchers interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at Fulda University. The Young Academics Network promotes research-related exchange and represents its interests at the university and in the general public. YAN is open to students from all departments, meetings take place monthly and newcomers are always welcome. More details are available on the Young Academics Network website (available in German only).
"Arbeiterkind.de" has set itself the task of increasing the number of students from non-academic backgrounds at universities and helping them successfully complete their studies. The Fulda Arbeiterkind group meets every third Thursday of the month at 7 pm at "Eidmanns", Daimler-Benz-Straße 5, 36037 Fulda.
"Doctoral Students" project group, German Union for Education and Science (GEW) (nationwide).
The project group "Doctoral Students" set up by the GEW campaigns for better conditions for PhD students throughout Germany and organises advanced training programmes for doctoral candidates.