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The formal requirement for a doctorate at Philipps-Universität Marburg is a degree in your country of origin that directly entitles you to do a doctorate degree and is comparable with a German university degree. 


If you are interested in a doctorate at Philipps-Universität Marburg and would like to apply, please contact a potential supervisor at Philipps-Universität Marburg.

An essential 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 before contacting a professor. The doctorate committee of the respective faculty makes the decision regarding the acceptance of a doctoral candidate.

We advise you to prepare - amongst other documents - the following paperwork: 

  • 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