KIT with its outstanding integration of a research-oriented university and a national research center of the Helmholtz Association provides extensive working opportunities and far-reaching career prospects. Research is conducted at around 130 institutes and ranges from basic research to application in the form of products and processes.
- to pursue diverse and attractive forms of doing a doctorate (e. g. within the scope of doctoral programs)
- a doctorate in different disciplines
- a doctorate at one of eleven KIT Departments
Visit KHYS web pages to get an overview of e.g. important formalities and contact persons. The guide “Promovieren am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)” (German only) provides additional comprehensive information and guidance. If you have further questions regarding the doctorate at KIT, please send an e-mail to info∂khys.kit.edu.
At KIT, there are many ways to do a doctorate. The so-called individual doctorate is the classic form of pursuing a doctorate in Germany. It is characterized in particular by the one-to-one supervision of doctoral researchers by a university member who can serve as supervisor. As a rule, the doctoral researchers themselves find a supervisor and agree with this person on the research topic. The doctoral researchers at KIT are usually involved in a working group and / or research groups and industrial projects. Funding is often provided via third-party funded projects from industry and research or individual scholarships.
KIT’s more than 20 doctoral programs (graduate schools, research training groups etc.) offer the opportunity for doing a doctorate as part of a research program and within the framework of a structured training and supervision concept. The focus of the doctoral programs is to train of doctoral researchers in promising research topics and to support their personal career development and scientific independence. This video explains the difference between the individual doctorate and the doctorate in a structured program.
Another option are binational doctoral degrees (the so-called cotutelle de thèse). In this form, you receive your doctorate from two universities in different countries, which means that you obtain a doctorate awarded by two universities. In principle, doing a binational doctorate is possible at all KIT Departments and with all foreign universities worldwide, provided that the legal framework of the countries and universities involved permit it.
At KIT you can do your doctorate in the following disciplines:
- Natural sciences
- The humanities
- Social sciences
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- Civil Engineering, Geo- and Environmental Sciences
- Chemistry and Biosciences
- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Mechanical Engineering
- Economics and Management
In general, one can say that the duration of the doctorate is between three and five years – depending on the form of the doctorate and the subject. Apart from the first steps for starting the doctorate mentioned above, further steps at the end of your doctoral research period would be submitting a request for starting the doctoral examination process to the KIT Department. You then will have to pass an oral examination. Depending on the respective KIT Department and the topic of your doctorate you can obtain the academic degree Dr. rer. nat., Dr.-Ing., Dr. phil. or Dr. rer. pol. However, you can only hold the title once you have published the doctoral thesis.
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