Generally, applicants must have completed all of the requirements for their MSc or Diplom degree in a relevant subject
by the time they begin their PhD. They are welcome to apply while finishing their studies.
B.Sc. students graduating within the top 10% of their class from a German university
with independent research experience may also be eligible.
In exceptional cases, graduates from international 4-year B.Sc. or B.Tech. programs
with independent research experience may also be admitted. However, in these cases additional requirements (courses, seminars, exams or a research report) must be fulfilled.
Comparative evaluation of academic performance
Universities within the European Higher Education Area
have agreed on mutually accepted standards for graduation. Therefore, no additional evidence of academic performance is required.
Applicants who do not hold a degree from a university within the European Higher Education Area must submit a GRE
score. A copy of the official score report is sufficient for application. The official score report needs to be provided prior to the interview.
Both the GRE general test score as well as a relevant subject test score are accepted. Our GRE Institution Code is 4791. In general, successful applicants have scored above 152 (500 pre-2011) on the verbal test and above 155 (700 pre-2011) on the quantitative test. Find out more about the GRE here
Applicants from India may provide a GATE score of a relevant specialization.
The program language is English. Applicants must demonstrate English written and oral communication skills during the application process. Test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English test or similar are not required but are looked upon favorably.