Bachelor, Master or PhD in Germany 

It is post 4 in the post series “Studying in Germany” where I explain how you can come to Germany as an international student.

Recently I did a poll in my Instagram stories and turns out my readers are interested in all of the three degree types: Bachelor, Master and Doctorate studies. So let’s talk about all of them. 

BACHELOR

It is the first academic degree that teaches the basics of a subject. It allows you to immediately embark on your career after graduating. Read more here.

When to apply: June 1 – July 15 for winter semester, December 1 – January 15 for summer semester

Needed documents: High School qualifications, your grades from previous education, German and/ or English language proficiency, copies of your ID documents

Standard period of study: Usually six semesters = 3 years

Tuition fees: 100-350 EUR/semester at public universities 

MASTER

If you want to continue studying after getting your Bachelor’s degree, you can enrol in a Master’s degree as a second academic qualification. It prepares students for academic work and helps you to specialise in a particular area of your interest. Read more here. 

Requirement: completed Bachelor’s degree (or comparable degree)

When to apply: June 1 – July 15 for winter semester, December 1 – January 15 for summer semester

Needed documents: Copy of a previously completed degree, your grades from previous education, German and/ or English language proficiency, copies of your ID documents

Tuition fees: 100-350 EUR/semester at most public universities 

Standard period of study: Four semesters = two years

PhD

Doctoral studies require you to write a complex scientific research paper (thesis), supervised by a professor at the faculty. The duration of your doctorate depends on the research topic. At the end you’re awarded a  PhD. Read more here.

Requirement: completed Master’s degree (or comparable degree)

When to apply: Please check the university of your interest to find out

Needed documents: Copies of certificates from previous education, a statement from your doctoral supervisor (that he or she is ready to supervise you), academic references, German and/ or English language proficiency, copies of your ID documents

Tuition fees: 100-350 EUR/semester at public universities 

Standard period of study: 3-4 years depending on your research topic

Finding the right course for you 

Use following websites to find your study program: