Doctorate at the Faculty of Geosciences


The Department of Geosciences awards approximately 30 to 35 doctoral degrees (Dr. rer. nat.) each year. The doctoral research projects cover a wide range of topics and are designed for a length of three years. Typically, doctoral dissertations are completed in the cumulative format, which consists of a collection of several peer-reviewed articles published in international journals. Besides exposing the doctoral candidates to the critique by international experts, the cumulative format can lead to an impressive publication list early in their scientific career.

Doctoral candidates are encouraged to conduct part of their research at a partner institute abroad to broaden their scientific horizon and to develop their personal international networks, which are beneficial to the graduates later on in their career. To improve and deepen knowledge in their respective scientific disciplines and to develop soft skills, such as writing and presenting scientific topics, doctoral candidates can choose from a wide spectrum of postgraduate educational courses.

The Faculty of Geosciences also awards doctoral degrees to candidates who conduct doctoral research with a geosciences focus at partner institutes such as the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology, or Senckenberg at the Sea.