Top PhD Degrees in Germany 2019

The PhD can vary depending on the institution and country in which it is awarded. Most scholars pursue a PhD because of strong motivation to contribute to the academic community as well as true curiosity about their chosen field of study. 


Students who pursue a Master generally spend one to two years in the enhanced study of their chosen field. This program is taken after receiving a bachelor’s degree, and available areas of study include science, law, technology, finance, social sciences and the arts.

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin.

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Ph.D. International Max Planck Research School for Neural Circuits

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research
Campus Full time 3 years October 2019 Germany Frankfurt

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Neural Circuits was established in 2011 and offers around ten fully-paid positions every year for talented students holding a relevant Masters or Bachelors as their highest degree to perform research resulting in a Ph.D. The program is taught in English.

PhD Programme in Biology and Molecular Biology

European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Campus 4 years Open Enrolment Germany Heidelberg

Unique in the world and waiting for you! The EMBL International Ph.D. Programme, originally established in 1983, represents the flagship of EMBL's commitment to first class training and education. Internationality, dedicated mentoring and early independence in research characterize our programme. Considered to be one of the most competitive Ph.D. training schemes to enter, we are committed to providing EMBL Ph.D. students with the best starting platform for a successful career in science.

PhD in Economics

DIW Graduate Center
Campus Full time 4 years Request Info Germany Berlin

Apply to the DIW Graduate Center, where academic excellence meets the stimulating environment of Germany’s largest economic think-tank.


Hector Fellow Academy
Campus Full time 3 years August 2020 Germany Karlsruhe

Ph.D. students of the Hector Fellow Academy are employed as research assistants for a period of three years. The salary corresponds to the internal regulations at the University of the respective Hector Fellow (according to TV-L 13, up to 100%, based on the funding rates of the DFG for Ph.D. students).

Quantitative Biosciences PhD program

Graduate School of Biosciences Munich
Campus Full time 3 years March 2020 Germany Munich

QBM seeks to train a cohort of young scientists who, while firmly anchored in their home discipline, are well versed in multiple approaches and styles of thought. The goal is for the students to get comfortable in communicating across traditional boundaries, especially across the divide between experiment and quantitative theory – to become, in effect, scientifically bi- or multilingual. To this end, the school offers an integrated interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that consists of three main components: