Doctoral Programmes

Individual Programme

In an Individual Programme the doctoral student works independently, albeit in cooperation with his/her supervisor on an agreed topic, without a structured programme (e.g. in terms of a graduate school). 

Applicants take care of finding a supervisor and of getting approved as a doctoral student by the Department of Psychology. Depending on the funding, positions for doctoral students can include teaching load, departmental or project-related duties and participation in the university's self-administration. 

Admissions for graduates of Diploma or Master programmes normally require an overall grade of "good" in the subject-specific final exam. Please find more information in the doctoral regulations.

Fast Track

For excellent students, the Fast Track offers the option of being accepted as doctoral student without a master's degree. 

Requirement for students of a 4-year bachelor programme at a university or a college of education is a final grade of 1.2 or better in the subject-specific field. The grade of the bachelor thesis must be 1.0. International degrees require equivalent grades. 

Please find more information about admission requirements in the general and subject-specific doctoral regulations.

Doctoral Programme Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy

The Doctoral Programme Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy encompasses a standard period of study of 8 semesters, including the write-up of the doctoral thesis and the completion of the oral exams. The first year includes a 1-year master programm. 

Scope and content of the programme are designed in a way that permits the approbation as Psychological Psychotherapist after another year of practice (PT 1) - i.e., after 10 semesters. In particular, the collaboration with the Bodenseeinstitut für Psychotherapie (bip) provides the link between doctoral programme and training as psychotherapist.  

Please find further information in the study and examination regulations and in the admission regulations of the doctoral programme.

Graduate School of Decision Sciences

The  Graduate School of Decision Sciences (GSDS) provides an interdisciplinary environment for training and research on topics of decision making and their application to important issues in the society.  

The graduate school is structured into four interdisciplinary research areas with various cross-connections: 

(A) Behavioural Decision Making
(B) Intertemporal Choice and Markets
(C) Political Decisions and Institutions
(D) Information Processing and Statistical Analysis

Please find further information on topics and admission requirements on the → GSDS-Website.

General Information

Doctoral Portal

Please find lots of information about doctoral programmes at the University of Konstanz as well about individual advisory service at the   Doctoral-Portal.

Doctoral issues at the central examination office

Informationen about the admission as doctoral student as well as about starting the doctoral examination process can be retrieved at the → Central Examination Office.

Guidelines to ensure good scientific practice

Doctoral Student Conventions

Doctoral student conventions are a new institution at universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, which aim to repesent the interests of doctoral students. At the University of Konstanz   → Doctoral Student Conventions are established on the faculty level, and consider themselves as doctoral student councils.