Preparing, carrying out and completing a doctorate may raise various questions. Due to the high degree of specialisation and variation between disciplines, it is not possible to offer doctoral candidates a centralised advisory service. Instead, at Leipzig University we support doctoral candidates with individual advisory services. If you are considering pursuing a doctorate, it would be wise to find out beforehand about the extensive range of research opportunities on offer. This will require consultation with supervising professors on the subject of your doctorate.
Organising your doctorate
If you are German and interested in enrolling on a doctoral programme, you will need to use the AlmaWeb portal and can request assistance from the Student Office.
After entering your information online, please print the application form and submit it, together with the accompanying documents, to the Student Service Centre (SSZ) either by post or in person during its opening hours.
It is possible to enrol as a doctoral candidate in all courses of study offered at our university. The prerequisite for enrolment is admission to the list of doctoral candidates in accordance with the doctoral regulations, admission to a doctoral programme, or acceptance at a Graduiertenkolleg (referred to in English by the DFG as a Research Training Group). If you have any questions about enrolment, please contact Ms Gebhardt.
If you are from abroad, you can apply at the International Centre to enrol on a doctoral programme.
In order to be placed on the list of doctoral candidates, please submit an application to the relevant faculty explaining your intention to start a doctorate. You must do this in order to be able to apply for a doctorate at a later date. The exact procedure can be found in the respective doctoral regulations. Depending on the faculty, you must be placed on the list of doctoral candidates within a certain period prior to applying for admission or initiating the doctoral procedure.
Additional Advisory Services
Equal opportunities, family-friendliness and freedom from discrimination are crucial preconditions for an innovative research culture, a stimulating teaching atmosphere, and a productive working environment. The Equal Opportunities Office at Leipzig University offers doctoral candidates an extensive range of advisory and support services.
Advisory services for doctoral candidates are available from Leipzig Student Services in a collaborative project with the Faculty of Medicine. Individual consultations are possible with or without an appointment.
The University has appointed independent conciliators to mediate in conflict situations involving doctorates. They are bound to secrecy with respect to third parties and can be contacted for advice and mediation.
Leipzig University Library supports doctoral candidates in their research and publication work and offers them further services. Your free library card grants you a higher borrowing limit, a longer standard borrowing period and the option of borrowing non-circulating resources on a short-term basis. Workstations are available in the workroom for doctoral students and individual work booths for 12-month reservations at various locations. The University Library also offers special workshops for doctoral students and advises on topics such as open access and publication.
The University’s Department of Research Services is responsible for research funding and application advice, transfer, and our external funding service. Its staff offer a one-stop service from application advice to project completion, combining their expertise on the rules and regulations of the various funding institutions. The Department of Research Services provides detailed information, forms and agreement templates on the intranet.