More than 1,750 doctoral candidates are enrolled at the MIN Faculty, who are working towards a doctoral degree in the doctoral subjects of
- Earth System Sciences,
- Health Sciences,
- Computer Science,
- Cosmetic Sciences,
- Mathematics, or
Doctoral studies involve in-depth research into an area covered in the university degree already completed, with the aim to make an independent contribution to science. As a rule, doctoral studies in the natural sciences take three to four years. During this time, doctoral candidates work on a research topic and conclude their work with a written dissertation (doctoral thesis) and an oral defense (presentation plus discussion). Doctoral students should be fascinated with the research topic as well as motivated to conduct in-depth scientific research.
The following questions should be considered before applying for doctoral procedures and starting a doctorate in the MIN Faculty:
- Would a doctorate be useful—or is it perhaps even essential—for my future career?
- Does the doctorate fit with my life plan?
- How much time do I want to and can I invest in the doctorate?
- Which type of doctorate (structured doctoral studies or individual doctoral studies) do I want to conduct?
- Which dissertation topic would I like to work on?
- Who will supervise my doctoral research in the MIN Faculty?
- Do I meet the admission requirements to be admitted to doctoral procedures in the MIN Faculty?
- How to finance myself during the doctorate?
Students interested in completing a doctorate at the MIN Faculty of Universität Hamburg will first need to find a supervisor and if applicable a working group for their research, as well as to identify a dissertation topic. They will also need to secure funding; the doctoral supervisor will be able to provide useful tips (see also list of structured programs/graduate programs).