Germany’s historic and highly-ranked universities make it an excellent choice for studying abroad. Having offered the PhD since the nineteenth century, they know a thing or two about delivering innovative, high-quality postgraduate programmes. Best of all, most universities do not charge tuition fees.
Why study a PhD in Germany?
Globally ranked institutions – Germany is home to more globally-ranked institutions than any other country outside the USA and UK. Nine of them feature in the current top 100
Dedicated research institutes – Germany is also home to networks of dedicated research centres. These include the prestigious Max Planck Institutes, as well as specific collaborations between universities and research institutes.
Max Planck Schools – The Max Planck Schools is a network that brings together experts from different institutions to address joint research objectives. They bring together international PhD students with Germany's best scientists. Research takes place in three interdisciplinary fields: Cognition, Matter to Life and Photonics. The Schools offer fully financed PhD positions. Candidates benefit from unique expertise, infrastructure and training opportunities.
Affordability – Most German universities charge no tuition fees for PhD students, regardless of nationality.
The home of the PhD – The PhD (in its modern form as a thesis-based research degree) was actually developed in Germany. Perhaps this ‘original contribution to knowledge’ can help inspire yours?
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