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A doctorate serves the proof of qualification for autonomous in-depth scientific work.

After a successful PhD examination procedure the TU Ilmenau awards the following doctoral degrees:

  • Doktoringenieur (Dr.-Ing.)
  • Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.)
  • Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.)
  • Doctor rerum politicarum (Dr. rer. pol.)
  • Doctor iuris (Dr. iur.)

The prerequisites and the detailed procedure are laid down in the Doctorate Regulations – General Provisions, and the details for the individual  funding and structured doctoral support are determined by the Departments in their “special provisions”.



Variety of doctoral programs

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Individual doctorate

  • Direct connection to a Group; the topic for the doctoral thesis is provided by a responsible professor who also decides on the allocation
  • Financed by budgetary funds or third-party funding
  • Positions financed by budgetary funds require a certain number of teaching hours at the group of the professor.
Doctoral fellowship, scholarship or structured doctoral program

Thematically focused projects as part of

  • Research Training Group of the German Research Foundation (DFG) or the EU
  • Graduate Research School (e.g. Free State of Thuringia)
  • (Post) Graduate Funding by programs and foundations

Funding programs by scholarships

Announcing and awarding by a special awards committee and frequently with a multi-stage selection procedure

Research program is supported by several professors

Career-integrated (external) doctorate
  • Financed extramurally
  • Support for particular majors or subject areas, e.g. by companies or foundations

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