You can pursue a doctorate in all of the subjects available at the University of Mannheim. You can obtain your doctoral degree either through individual doctoral studies at a chair or through participation in a structured doctoral program. On average, 130 doctoral candidates from all over the world successfully complete their doctorates at the University of Mannheim each year.

Research colloquiums or doctoral seminars
Individual doctoral studies are the more traditional path to a doctorate in Germany. In this format, early-stage researchers are supervised directly at a chair. Ideas are exchanged with other doctoral candidates during research colloquiums or doctoral seminars.

Structured doctoral programs
Structured doctoral programs are available at the Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences (GESS), which was formerly funded by the Excellence Initiative, as well as within the context of the two research training groups “Statistical Modeling of Complex Systems and Processes” and “Statistical Modeling in Psychology”. Doctoral students at the School of Humanities can become members of the Research and Study Centre (RSC) and thus participate in teaching, research, and practice-related events specifically aimed at doctoral students.

Doctoral Studies at the University of Mannheim

You are interested in pursuing a doctorate at the University of Mannheim and would like to know more about the opportunities offered by the university? We have compiled detailed information for you and will be happy to advise you.

Admission and Enrollment

You would like to pursue a doctorate at the University of Mannheim? Learn more about the first administrative steps on your way to a doctoral degree.

Advisory Services

We are happy to help you with any questions you may have about your doctorate – no matter what stage of your doctoral studies you are currently at.

Financing and Funding Opportunities

Secure financing is the basis for successful doctoral studies free of worries. Find out about your options for financing your doctorate and funding opportunities and contact us for advice.

Continuing Education and Qualification

We offer you various opportunities for interdisciplinary continuing education and career development. Find out more about seminars, workshops, and other events here.


The University of Mannheim pays special attention to supporting the international mobility of its doctoral students. Please see here for a detailed introduction to our services.

Good to know

Ombudspersons at the University of Mannheim mediate between doctoral students and their supervisors if disagreements arise.