Pursuing a PhD within a doctoral degree program as an alternative to the more traditional “apprenticeship” PhD model has gained ground in Germany during the last few years. Full-time "structured" doctoral degree studies normally take 3 years to completion. Beside a good degree, a successful application to a doctoral program is required. English is often used in courses and in everyday interactions.
One of the main elements is systematic training that accompanies research. Courses are taught in three areas: theory development, research methods, as well as transferable and professional skills enhancing employment opportunities.
Team-based supervision consists of a minimum of two persons, the principal supervisor and the advisor or mentor, which represent the interdisciplinary scope of the research project. Frequent exchange with the supervisory team and fellow researchers help develop the research project and networking with the academic community as well as career options following doctoral studies.
Programs for Young Scholars at Freie Universität Berlin
Targeted support to outstanding young scholars and scientists at Freie Universität is provided through degree programs such as research training groups, graduate schools and others established by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Overview of all programs
Doctoral Degree Programs of Dahlem Research School
Particularly outstanding doctoral degree programs are comprised under the umbrella of the Dahlem Research School (DRS) which promotes and supports academic excellence in graduate education. Earning a doctorate in one of the DRS member programs research is accompanied by a training program for young researchers in the various stages of their career, i.e., doctorate, postdoc, junior research group leader, and junior professor that help them to prepare for careers in research, teaching, and research management.
The Welcome Infos & Services Site for international junior researchers provides useful advice and information on all non-academic issues relevant to a research stay in Berlin. Newly admitted doctoral candidates are invited and encouraged to attend DRS Orientation Weeks in September.
Doctoral programs in the following subject groups: