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Can I do a PhD at the HAW Hamburg?

In Germany the higher education sector is divided into universities (Universitäten), technical universities (Technische Universitäten) and universities of applied sciences. At present German law only allows universities and technical universities to award PhDs (Doktortitel). 

The HAW Hamburg supports the initiation and execution of PhD projects in cooperation with national and international universities, who award the PhD title. Additionally, since doctoral students have the opportunity to be supervised by a HAW Professor in Hamburg, counselling and workshops are offered for PhD students at the HAW Hamburg. Currently more than 120 PhD projects are supervised by HAW Hamburg professors in cooperation with their colleagues from the title-giving universities.

For general information on doctoral studies in Germany, please check the following links:

In case of further questions on doing a PhD at the HAW Hamburg, please contact the PhD Centre: promotionszentrum(@)

Research at the HAW Hamburg

HAW Hamburg has four strategic research areas:

  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Mobility & Transport
  • IT, Communication & Media

For information about our strategic research areas, competence centres and Research & Technology Transfer Centres, please follow this link.

Scholarships & Funding

Please be advised that the HAW Hamburg is unfortunately not able to offer scholarships or financial support for individual PhD projects.

Letzte Änderung: 05.08.11

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