Admission to a doctoral degree
If all requirements to become a doctoral candidate are met, the Doctoral Admissions Committee in the Physics Department will admit candidates to a doctoral degree. The admissions procedure for completing a doctoral degree in the department is as follows:
1. Choice of supervisor
Due to §10 of the General Doctoral Regulations you have to choose a supervisor for your doctorate. In normal cases, this has to be a professor of the Physics Department. Discuss content issues as well as the chances of applying for a position as a research associate with this prospective supervisor in advance.
Please ask your supervisor to fill-in and sign the confirmation of supervison at the form Application as a doctoral student.
2. Online-Registration (optional: enrolment as a doctoral student)
For starting a doctorate at the TU Darmstadt, an online registration is obligatory. At the same time, the enrolment as student is optional. For scholarship holders, however, enrolment is recommended. The registration and/or the enrolment are possible throughout the academic year and do not have a deadline.
In order to proceed with the online registration, you need a supervisor’s confirmation from the respective faculty of our university, see item 1.
The registration (optional enrolment) has to be conducted within TU Darmstadt's Campus-Management-System TUCaN:
Important: Applicants with a Master's degree from abroad or a foreign university entrance qualification with a German Master's degree outside the TU Darmstadt require an equivalence assessment letter from TU Darmstadt's International Affairs Department. For this purpose, please submit the required documents to referat VIII A.
Further information regarding the registration process will be provided at
3. Applying for admission as a doctoral candidate
To be admitted as a doctoral candidate you must officially apply to the Department's Office of the Physics Department.
To do so, please submit the following documents:
- Form Application as a doctoral student (item 1.)
- Your registration form aquired by TUCaN, including your signature (item 2.)
- only if needed: Equivalence assessment letter from TU Darmstadt's International Affairs Department
(handed over directly by referat VIII A to Department's Office)
- Your certificate according to your degree:
Degree at TU Darmstadt/|
Degree at a German university
|Degree at a university abroad||
Please hand in your application for admission to a doctoral degree, including all the additional documents, to the Departments Office no later than 12 a.m. the day before the Doctoral Admissions Committee meets for the next board meeting. The scheduled board meetings may be found at News.
Only complete applications can be considered.
On the strength of your submission, the Doctoral Admissions Committee will make a decision on your application, including any conditions to be imposed. You and your supervisor will be informed about the decision by the Departments Office in writing.
4. Optional: Enrolment as a doctoral student
Enrolment as a doctoral student is not obligatory. It is possible to acquire the qualification without being enrolled.
If you prefere to enrole as a doctoral student, plese follow the suggestions during your registration (Item 2.)