Theology, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • German
For everyone who wants to be further qualified after completing an academic university degree in Theology or a closely-related subject: The Theology doctoral degree course programme enables you to develop a theological research project and to work on a dissertation in a methodologically controlled manner.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The doctoral program in Theology is based on specific regulations (see the link on the right-hand side): The "Admission regulations" are about the requirements and the application for admission; the "Examination and study regulations" deal with the program curriculum and the finals.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

During your studies, you are primarily engaged in writing your doctoral dissertation (German or English). In the course of this, you get support in various ways, especially by your doctoral supervisor ("Doktorvater" or "Doktormutter") and by a team of experts ("Thesis Committee"). Additionally, you attend four obligatory courses that serve to foster exchange among doctoral candidates and to expand their academic skills.

After completing your doctoral dissertation, you submit it to the office of the dean so that it can be forwarded to the appraisers. Finally, you take an oral examination.

Academic Requirements

You must have a Master‘s Degree or a proof of equivalent academic achievement. Usually, a final grade point average of at least 2.5 on the German grading scale (which equals good or B+) is required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA


Usually, the research group or department provides funding to their doctoral students in the form of either an employment contract or a scholarship (approx. monthly amount of scholarship or net salary: 1100-1400 EUR).

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