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Computer Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #601 (WUR) Kaiserslautern, Germany
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. 

Overview

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 

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

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • 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

Courses include:

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General 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

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

Living costs for Kaiserslautern

  • 630 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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.

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