Options For Obtaining A Doctoral Degree In The Faculty

Having decided to do your doctorate, you have a choice. You can either complete your doctoral work  in the traditional, individual way or in a structured doctoral programme (graduate school, research training group of the German Research Foundation DFG, network of expertise).

Service facility GRANAT

The faculty offers its own service facility for the promotion of young scientists: The Graduate School GRANAT.

It is an head organisation for the education of all individual doctoral students and doctoral candidates in structured doctoral programmes of the research lines of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

The Individual Doctorate

A traditional, individual doctorate is usually undertaken in a research project which has been assessed as being outstanding by third-party funding organisations (e.g. German Research Foundation DFG, German Federal Ministry for Education and Research BMBF or industrial partners) and is funded for a limited period.

Doctoral students are usually either employed as scientific staff or are scholarship holders, and their doctoral work includes bearing joint responsibility for the success of the research project overall. They are closely involved in the research work and have access to the project infrastructure. The project management is responsible for issuing the call for applications, making appointments to doctoral positions and awarding doctoral scholarships in each case.

Information on current topics for a doctorate in your field can be obtained directly from the respective professors in the institutes.

Structured Doctoral Programme

With a structured doctoral programme (e.g. research training groups or graduate schools of the German Research Foundation), on the other hand, doctoral students have their research work but are also integrated into a structured qualification programme and an interdisciplinary research environment.

The doctoral programmes listed below are currently run at the Faculty of Natural Sciences or with the participation of individual faculty institutes in a research network with other faculties of the LUH, other universities and research institutions. On the respective subpages you will find basic information about the doctoral programmes.

Research Training Group vs. Graduate School – what's the difference?

The aim of a Graduate School (short: GS) is to support the development of a research focus at a particular location by promoting early-career research. In doing so, it seeks to add a scientific as well as a structural value to the university and the fields of study involved. Its size and thematic scope are thus defined by the corresponding stategies of the university. There are no strict rules governing the size or structure,for example which scientists, institutes or doctoral researchers are involved.

Research Training Groups (short: RTG, Graduiertenkolleg GRK) follow a more focused research programme and the number of participants is limited.

Source: DFG German Research Foundation