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Thinking about pursuing a doctoral degree in Germany? You'll soon notice that there are lots of things to consider in addition to designing your dissertation project. You can complete doctoral studies individually or in a structured program as well as choose between universities, departments/faculties, and doctoral programs. You'll also need an advisor for your project. There are also legal differences in the admissions requirements, in the procedures of conferral of a doctoral degree, and in publication requirements set forth in the doctoral degree regulations of the individual departments/faculties that you will need to bear in mind.

You can finance your doctoral studies through a work contract at your university, a scholarship, or on your own. There are also questions surrounding insurance law that you will want to consider.

You'll additionally need good time management skills and possibly support for reconciling your career and family life.

These are only a few of the questions that you'll be dealing with throughout the course of your doctoral studies.