PhD

Doing a doctorate at the TU Clausthal

"The doctorate serves as proof of the ability to carry out in-depth independent scientific work.

A wide variety of motives may motivate you to consider a doctorate as the next step in your career. Reasons could be that you

  • are fascinated by science or enjoy delving into specific scientific issues
  • you want to pursue a career in science
  • a doctorate is common in your field or
  • you hope for a higher income or better chances when choosing a career.

If you decide to do a doctorate, however, you should in any case have the motivation and stamina for time-intensive scientific work in addition to a fascination for your research topic. Before you begin a doctorate, you should consider whether a doctorate is

  • makes sense or is even necessary for your intended career path
  • fits in with your life planning, also with regard to the time that has to be invested
  • can be financed or how this career phase can be financed.

In addition, you should think about which type of doctorate is right for you:

If you are interested in choosing your research topic completely freely and dividing and planning your research activities individually, an individual doctorate may be for you. If necessary, you can participate in interdisciplinary continuing education. However, there is no obligation for you to take part in qualification offers.

If you prefer the thematic integration into a doctoral or research program with an accompanying professional training offer, then a Structured doctorate in a doctoral programme could be particularly interesting for you.

If you would like advice on the topic of doctoral studies, or if you have decided to pursue a doctorate and are now wondering what the next steps are, we would be happy to support you. Contact Please contact us and arrange a consultation appointment.

Planning "step by step"

Planning "step by step"

What is the process for a doctorate at Clausthal University of Technology? Which administrative steps should be taken and when, and who is responsible for them?

PhD Programs

PhD Programs

At Clausthal University of Technology, in addition to the "classic" path to a doctorate, the individual doctorate, there are also various structured programs for the promotion of young scientists.

Second publication right and cumulative doctorate

Second publication right and cumulative doctorate

Here you will find information on the right of second publication and how to proceed if you are aiming for a cumulative dissertation.

PhD advice

PhD advice

Here you will find information on the purpose and process of a doctorate, on individual doctorates as well as further information on the subject of doctorates.

Doctoral Degree Scholarships

Doctoral Degree Scholarships

The aim of this funding program is to support young scientists* for whom the completion of their doctorate has been delayed for family reasons or for reasons of particular hardship.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance

Quality assurance in doctoral procedures is a common concern of the universities in Lower Saxony and the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture.

Doctoral Student Council

Doctoral Student Council

The doctoral students' representation is represented in various university policy committees and is available to all doctoral students as a contact point for information and in case of conflicts.

Procedure for doctorate and post-doctorate studies

Procedure for doctorate and post-doctorate studies

More information about procedure for doctorate and post-doctorate studies you can find here

Promotion info/ Download area

Promotion info/ Download area

Here you will find the doctoral regulations, further information brochures on the topic of doctoral studies, as well as the newsletter of the Graduate Academy.