Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
 One of our main objectives is the mentoring of excellent PhDs. We always welcome outstanding students and researchers, and we encourage them to apply. The PhD Program in Computer Science at the University of Kaiserslautern provides an ideal environment for pursuing a doctoral degree in the area of Computer Science at an internationally competitive level. 


We offer a full doctoral program, in which students receive focused, research-oriented training in a scientifically challenging, inspiring and motivating surrounding. Students participate in one of a variety of research groups that are directed by leading researchers in their respective area. They can thus benefit from and contribute to top-level research being conducted at the CS department.ÃÆÃââââ¬Ã¡ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâà

The PhD program consists of two phases.

During the first phase, known as the graduate studies phase, the main focus is on studies related to a specific field and guided research. This lays the foundation for your PhD thesis and research. During the graduate studies phase, you will attend subject and research-oriented lectures and seminars and prepare a thesis proposal.

The second phase of the program, the doctoral studies phase, is devoted to independent research for the preparation of the thesis.

The transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2 is granted by the successful completion of the graduate studies phase and the preparation of a thesis proposal.



Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
    Depending on your previous coursework, you will spend more or less time in the graduate studies phase. The PhD program is aligned with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main objective is the carrying out of scientific tasks within the framework of the PhD and the preparation of the thesis. This is usually done in your mentor's work group.

To acquire further occupation-related knowledge and abilities, students should carry out activities in addition to their research work to develop their teaching skills, their ability to express themselves in writing as well as orally, project acquisition and management. This also includes activities which contribute to the guided research. Examples of these activities are the preparation and carrying out of parts of a lecture, supervision of seminars, conference contributions and assistance in project applications. All of these activities are offered by the faculty.

After approximately three years the doctoral studies phase should be finished and the thesis should be submitted to the faculty.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Applicants with a M.Sc. in computer science from a German university or University of Applied Sciences and applicants with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from a German university already are formally qualified for admission.

For all other candidates, the PhD board decides on an individual base about admission to the PhD program and the potential qualification studies. 

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA

202,44 EUR social contribution per term (includes student ticket with free use of public transport services in and around Kaiserslautern).


The Department of Computer Science awards a limited number of scholarships for PhD students. This scholarship amounts to 600 EUR/month during Phase 1 of the PhD program. In Phase 2, the scholarship amounts to 1.468 EUR/month (including a grant of 103 EUR for material and equipment). 

Scholarships are awarded on a competition base.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.