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Structured doctoral programmes

What is a structured doctoral programme?

Structured doctoral programmes generally include a formal curriculum and are often interdisciplinary. They also mostly offer candidates the opportunity to develop their soft skills and gain additional qualifications. In addition, doctoral candidates in these programs receive intensive support from several academic mentors, which enable them to complete their doctoral degree within three to four years.

There is a general distinction between graduate schools and research training groups, both of which offer structured doctoral programmes. Graduate schools can be established at the level of one or more faculties. By comparison, research training groups are smaller programmes which focus on a narrower subject area.

The FAU Graduate Centre is a central information and networking service for all structured doctoral programmes, and contributes towards ensuring the quality of doctoral degrees. We also support doctoral candidates with administrative processes and their career planning.

Please contact us if you are an established researcher planning to set up a structured doctoral programme and intend to apply for third-party funding.

Application procedure for a structured doctoral programme

If you are interested in participating in one of these doctoral programmes, please apply directly to the programme. Information on application deadlines and procedures can be found on the relevant programme website.