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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 or Doctoral Programmes Guides 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




Your Contact Persons at the International Office:

Application, Admission, Enrolment and Counselling

Katharina Daun-Pignataro & Julia Soucek

Consultation hours
Application, admission, enrolment, and counselling for enrolled doctoral students

Tuesday: 10 am - 12.30 pm
Wednesday: 4 pm - 6 pm

or by individual appointment:

In the SSC (Student Service Center) ground-floor



Interesting Services and Information for International Doctoral Students

German Course: Labour Market and Applications

German Course: Labour Market and Applications

For international 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)