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The formal requirement for a doctorate at Philipps-Universität Marburg is a degree in your country of origin which directly entitles you to do a doctorate degree and is comparable with a German university degree. If applicable, Philipps-Universität will consult the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) to clarify the recognition of your degree.

The substantive requirement for a doctorate is a close connection of the topic to the field of research of a potential supervisor.

Hence, when applying for a doctorate, make sure that your doctoral project matches the research focus of the department or program you’re applying to. The doctorate committee of the respective faculty makes the decision regarding the acceptance of a doctoral candidate.


If you are interested in a doctorate at Philipps-Universität Marburg and would like to apply, please use our online application platform. During the online application process, you will be requested to upload the following documents:

  • Bachelor’s degree certificate/diploma
  • Bachelor’s degree transcript 
  • Master’s degree certificate / diploma
  • Master’s degree transcript 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Research proposal (summary of your research proposal incl. the methodical approach, timeline and work schedule, bibliography; max. ten pages) 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • An indication of potential supervisors at Philipps-Universität

Please note: As a rule, your doctoral project should match the research focus and interests of your potential supervisor. The exposé or thesis outline is therefore an elementary part of your application documents.

After we have received your full application, we will forward your academic certificates and diplomas to the Central Office for Foreign Education (ZAB) and request an equivalence assessment. This process may take a few weeks. Depending on the result of this examination, we will pass on your application documents to the respective departments or institutes. We will contact you should there be a professor willing to supervise your thesis. You will receive an invitation letter which you can use for your visa application.