Admission to doctoral studies

You have already acquired a study qualification (e.g. Master or Diplom) which entitles you to do a doctorate and would like to achieve this at Kiel University? You will find all the necessary information about application and admission here.

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

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

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 our Faculties have 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, you will have to have successfully completed a DSH test, which has been accredited by the HRK (German Rector's Conference)! Contact:

Lektorat German as a Foreign Language

To find out whether your academic certificates entitle you to study at a German university, please visit the website of the Central Office for Foreign Educational Affairs (ZAB) at: (Only available in German.)