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Admission to the PhD Programme

The PhD programme is completely research-based. PhD theses cover new results either in mathematical theory, mathematical modelling or numerical methods. The research topics are identified by your supervising professor. Although candidates are guided by the professor and supported by the working group, they must be able to carry out independent scientific work.


Each applicant must have an excellent Master's degree or an equivalent degree in Mathematics. Besides, he/she must prove his/her English language proficiency by taking part in a TOEFL test (score of at least 550/213/80 points) or IELTS (band 6).

Knowledge of the German language is not necessarily required, but  international students have to pass a German language test after the first academic year. German language courses are offered annually, starting in August. Students who cannot attend these courses must already take part in German language courses in their home country.


Applications for the PhD programme must be formally submitted through an application form together with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (description of the educational and perhaps professional history),

  • Evidence of sufficient knowledge of the English language: TOEFL of 550/213/80 points or IELTS (band 6), German high school diploma or evidence that the courses and lectures at the former university were given in English,

  • Certified copies of final certificates in German or English (Bachelor and Master's degree or equivalent degree)*,

  • Academic transcript (list of all previous courses with results),

  • Brief description of the contents of all mathematical lectures attended at university,

  • at least two letters of recommendation,

  • Individual letter of motivation,

* If you do not receive your certificate before the deadline, please contact us.

Application deadline

There is no specific application deadline for the general PhD programme. The application deadline for the DAAD PhD Programme "Mathematics in Industry and Commerce" is January 15.

Application form

Please download the application form (PDF File) for the PhD programme.