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Just so you know, there’s no centralised application process. And things like requirements and application dates? This kind of stuff is decided by each department.

Department of Doctoral and Post-doctoral Studies

The PhD programme offers a stimulating and rewarding research environment.
Meet some of our PhD candidates!

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What will your doctorate in Germany cost and how to finance it?
Before starting your doctoral studies in Germany there are some important steps you you have to follow.

The Initiative’s objective is to make the full range of PhD career pathways visible, valued, and viable for all students.
The PhD Education Initiative aims to change the culture surrounding doctoral education at AAU member institutions so that graduate education is more student-centered, placing greater emphasis and focus on students as individuals with diverse educational and professional interests, needs, and challenges.

If you are interested in joining one of our PhD programmes or would like further information, please contact the relevant programme. Contact details, together with other general information, are on the first page of each programme’s website.
The UAB has over 65 PhD programmes regulated by Royal Decree 99/2011, on PhD studies, and these are categorised in 5 areas of interest: Arts and Humanities, Sciences, Social and Juridical Sciences, Health Sciences and Engineering.

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Carolina Garcia Sabate, Programme Administrator
The EMBL International PhD Programme is directed by Monika Lachner – Head of Internal Scientific Training (EICAT) and Dean of Graduate Studies.

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EIT InnoEnergy supports research with impact. We enable doctoral candidates to complement their research with essential entrepreneurial, innovation, business and personal skills.
Please note that EIT InnoEnergy PhD School & Innovation Doctorate are no longer accepting new candidates. We invite you to explore our Professional Learning Courses for additional training opportunities.

Embarking on a PhD or doctorate requires commitment, enthusiasm and the ability to motivate yourself over 3–4 years of hard work. This means that the benefits of gaining such a qualification are many:
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) requires highly developed academic ability, independence and perseverance. Your thesis must reveal your ability to carry out research. It should also show your originality, independence, and make a significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen field – at least some of your work should be worthy of publication. Most students take between 3–4 years of full-time study to complete their PhD.