HAW Hamburg professors supervise doctoral students' research activities jointly with professors at German and international universities.
The form of cooperation adopted by HAW Hamburg and each German or international university is agreed on an individual basis for each doctoral student supervised. The decision to award a doctoral degree is made by the appropriate committees and bodies of the supervising university and is based on that university's regulations for the granting of PhDs.
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Within the city of Hamburg, HAW Hamburg has doctoral study cooperation agreements in place with the following universities and technical universities:
- Universität Hamburg
- Hamburg University of Technology
- HafenCity University
Additionally, graduate schools, research training groups and individual doctoral studies partnerships take place in cooperation with the following universities and technical universites:
- University of Music and Theatre (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz)
- Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg
HAW Hamburg has formal doctoral studies cooperation agreements in place with the University of West Scotland and the Universitat Politècnica de València. Approximately 35 doctoral students are currently studying at HAW Hamburg as part of these agreements, and over 30 graduates have successfully completed their doctoral degrees within these partnerships.