Admission to doctoral studies

You have already acquired a study qualification (e.g. Master or Diplom) which entitles you to do a doctorate and you are interested in realising your graduation at Kiel University? You will find all necessary information about application and admission here.

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We are pleased at your interest in doctoral studies at Kiel University. We have prepared this small booklet: doctoral studies at Kiel University for you which includes all information relevant to application, admission and registration.

In our flyer: starting your doctoral studies - essential information you will find further information about life in Kiel and general information about Kiel University.

Application documents for a doctoral study:

Kiel University provides special assistance to graduate students. 
The Graduate Center offers a wide range of services and programmes especially for international doctoral candidates.

Moreover, all the University's Faculties employ especially appointed contact persons who can advise you on issues related to Doctoral Studies.

Please note for German language graduation:
  In order to enrol for a programme of study at Kiel University, only DSH tests which have been accredited by the HRK (German Rector’s Conference) will be recognized!

Lektorat German as a Foreign Language

To find out whether foreign academic certificates qualify you for study at a German university, please visit the website of the Central Office for Foreign Educational Affairs (ZAB) at: (Only avaiable in german.)