FAQs of our Doctoral Program

How can I do my PhD at MSH?

How can I do my PhD at MSH?

The MSH currently has an individual, cooperative doctoral right, i.e. you have the opportunity to do your doctorate in cooperation with a doctorate-entitled university of your choice at the MSH. Your second supervisor in this case is a full-time MSH professor, who also takes care of the content of your work. The formal first referee is based at the cooperating university, whose doctoral procedure is based on your procedure.

How do I find a supervisor for my PhD?

How do I find a supervisor for my PhD?

Current research topics and projects are advertised on the homepage of MSH. Please contact the respective contact person of the research cluster. Your supervisor at MSH then supports you in finding a cooperation university and a first-time assessor.

How long does a promotion take?

How long does a promotion take?

On average, a PhD takes four years to complete. The goal is to complete a scientific further education in the form of a doctorate through structured doctoral programs within three years.

What requirements do I have to fulfill for taking a doctorate?

What requirements do I have to fulfill for taking a doctorate?

In order to start the PhD, proof of a relevant university degree in the form of a diploma, Magister, Staatsexamen or Masters is required. In addition, you should have sufficient English language skills, generally at least B2 level. For further requirements or suitability criteria, please inform yourself about the doctoral regulations of the cooperating university.

Which milestones do I have to achieve during my PhD?

Which milestones do I have to achieve during my PhD?

1. The Exposé: finding a topic, working out the scientific question as a basis for the dialogue between doctoral student and supervisor, content and time plan

2. The supervision agreement: reflects the requirements and expectations of the doctoral student and the caregivers

3. Acceptance as doctoral candidate*: elaborated supervision agreement between doctoral student and second supervisor as well as enrollment at cooperation university including announcement of the topic and the first supervisor

4. Writing a dissertation*: monograph - 200 to 300 pages or cumulative dissertation - writing the results of the research in the form of articles for publication in journals, subject to different publication status requirements (submitted/under review/accepted)

5. Submission and Assessment: The dissertation is reviewed and graded by the supervisor of the MSH and the first referee of the cooperation university

6. Defense and grading*: Defense/Disputation (oral exam) -Presentation of the results of the written work and a subsequent scientific discussion between the doctoral candidate, the caregivers and possibly other faculty members and evaluators, Rigorosums - in addition to the dissertation also other subjects checked

7. Publication of the dissertation*: Depending on the type of dissertation, publication costs may be due to you. When publishing a monograph in a book publisher - € 2,000 to € 3,000, in the case of a cumulative dissertation, the costs depend on the journal in which the scientific articles are to be published. These costs are usually covered by the acquired third-party funds. The dissertation may be considered published if the university library makes a certain number of copies available. In general, there is also the option of publishing dissertations online free of charge (please refer to the doctoral degree regulations of the cooperation university).

Very often, the doctoral degree regulations of the universities provide for an electronic publication option, which is usually handled by the respective university library and causes very little or no costs whatsoever.

8. Awarding of the doctoral title: only after the publication and handing over of the doctoral certificate the doctorate title may be taken; the title of the title depends on the cooperation university. phil. (primarily in the humanities and social sciences), med. (in medicine) or dr. rer. nat. (especially in the natural sciences) or the Anglo-American title PhD (in doctoral procedures at international universities)  

*Please inquire at the university of your first expert.

Which events do I have to attend during my PhD?

Which events do I have to attend during my PhD?

The MSH Collaborative University may provide a structured doctoral program that requires you to earn a certain number of credit points. Please inquire at the university of your first expert.

The MSH offers doctoral course work in its premises, which can, where necessary, be credited to the cooperating university. Please inquire in advance at the host university (of your first supervisor), whether a credit transfer is possible.

In addition to a regular journal club and research colloquium, the MSH has the opportunity to attend many other events in order to present your dissertation, to discuss and to exchange ideas in everyday research.

Which conditions of a doctorate are there?

Which conditions of a doctorate are there?

Below are some general conditions that are possible with a PhD:

In free doctoral studies: When opting for the »free doctorate«, candidates usually work alongside their doctoral thesis. This form is considered to be the most flexible in terms of time. The form also comes with the largest scope in the choice of topics.

Scholarship: Here, the dissertation topic is basically freely selectable. There are scholarships in the framework of graduate schools or colleges at state universities, but also through the twelve state-funded gifted education institutions. There are also foundations of companies or private individuals, where funding opportunities often relate to a particular topic.

Prerequisites: very good study grades, a further social commitment. As a research associate: the thematic orientation of the dissertation is often roughly determined by the research cluster in which the position is located, e.g. as part of third-party funded projects. In addition, activities in teaching are often desired.

What does the doctorate cost?

What does the doctorate cost?

The costs of a doctorate are dependent on the doctoral degree regulations of the cooperation university of MSH. For example, tuition fees may be incurred as part of structured doctoral programs. Please inquire about this at the cooperating university.

As a rule, the salary of PhD students is often lower than that of fellow students who are directly on the path to working life. With that you have to be able to arrange yourself - and possibly the whole family - for the next years.

Depending on the type of promotion, publication costs may come to you. When publishing a monograph in a publishing house costs from 2,000 to 3,000 € may arise. In the case of a cumulative dissertation, the costs depend on the journal in which the scientific articles are to be published. These costs can be covered by third-party funding.

Very often, the doctoral degree regulations of the universities provide for an electronic publication option, which is usually handled by the respective university library and causes very little or no costs whatsoever.

Is there financial support in the form of a doctoral scholarship?

Is there financial support in the form of a doctoral scholarship?

MSH supports highly motivated and dedicated doctoral candidates in the successful completion of their doctoral work.

Fellows receive a monthly contribution to the cost of living. The application will be submitted with the following documents:     

  • Expose     
  • Time schedule     
  • CV    
  • Financing plan     
  • Graduation certificate     
  • if applicable letter of recommendation     
  • if applicable proof of social commitment (both remunerated and honorary)

In which area can I do my doctorate?

In which area can I do my doctorate?

In all research clusters existing at the MSH a promotion is possible. Current research topics and projects are advertised on the homepage of MSH. Please contact the respective contact person of the research cluster.

Which title is awarded to me?

Which title is awarded to me?

The title designation depends on the respective cooperative university. For example, Dr. phil. (primarily in the humanities and social sciences), med. (in medicine) or dr. rer. nat. (especially in the natural sciences). In doctoral projects involving an international university, there is also the opportunity to acquire the Anglo-American title PhD.

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Dr. Sophie Fürstenberg

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Anne Dietze

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