Doctoral programmes

Individual programme

Individual doctoral programme means that you work independently on an agreed topic, i.e. without a structured programme (e.g. in terms of a graduate school) but in cooperation with your supervisor. 

It is up to you to find a supervisor and obtain approval as a doctoral candidate at the Department of Psychology. Depending on the funding, your position as a doctoral researcher may include a certain teaching load, departmental or project-related duties and participation in the university's self-administration. 

The admission requirements usually ask for a "good" overall grade in the subject-specific final exam of your Diplom (German university degree) or master's degree. For more information, please take a look at the doctoral regulations.

Fast track

The fast track offers excellent students the option to shorten their duration of study and start their doctoral programme without first obtaining a master's degree. 

Requirement for graduates of a 4-year bachelor's programme at a university or a university of teacher education is a subject-specific degree with a final grade of 1.2 or better. The grade of the bachelor's thesis must be 1.0. Equivalent grades are required for international degrees. 

For more information on admission requirements, please take a loot at the general and subject-specific doctoral regulations.

Doctoral programme Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy

The doctoral programme Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy is an 8-semester programme. This includes a 1-year master's programme in the first 2 semesters as well as the time to write up your doctoral thesis and complete the oral doctoral exams.

Scope and content of the programme are designed in a way that permits the approbation as psychological psychotherapist after an additional year of practice (PT 1) – i.e. after a total of 10 semesters. Our collaboration with the Bodenseeinstitut für Psychotherapie (bip) in particular enables this linking of doctoral programme and psychotherapy training.  

For further information, please take a look at the study and examination regulations and the admission regulations of the doctoral programme Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology and Psychotherapy.

Graduate School of Decision Sciences

The Graduate School of Decision Sciences (GSDS) offers doctoral candidates an interdisciplinary environment for training and research on topics of decision making and their application to important issues of 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 programme contents and admission requirements on the GSDS website.

General information

Doctoral Researcher Portal

The  Doctoral Reseacher Portal provides extensive information on doctoral programmes at the University of Konstanz as well as contact details for individual consultations.

Admission and examination (Central Examination Office)

The Central Examination Office is your point of contact for information on admission as a doctoral researcher as well as on how to commence the doctoral examination process.

Statute to ensure good scientific practice

Please adhere to the Statute to Ensure Good Scientific Practice and for the handling of academic misconduct at the University of Konstanz.

Doctoral researcher councils

Doctoral researcher councils are a newly established institution at universities in Baden-Württemberg to repesent the interests of doctoral researchers. At the University of Konstanz, the  doctoral researcher councils operate on the faculty level.