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Doctoral programs at the department

There are several possibilities for doctoral programs at the Department of Health Care Management, such as in engineering, economics and public health. Doctoral researchers at the department may be either scientific employees or work as external PhD students.

Please see the following important documents on how our particular doctoral program works:    


A student must demonstrate an ability for independent scientific work in order to be considered for the PhD program at the Department of Health Care Management. In addition to the writing of a dissertation, the candidate must be able to do the following:

  • Recognizing scientifically challenging questions that are also politically relevant
  • Correctly apply complex, contemporary scientific methods, including meaningful evaluations and interpretations of results
  • Work in a team and in an international environment
  • Present (ongoing) results to a seminar of fellow PhD candidates on a regular basis
  • Publish the research results in scientific journals



External PhD candidates

If you are interested in pursuing PhD studies at the department, please send an email to the secretary of the department: mig@tu-berlin.de

Due to a high number of requests, we can accept external PhD candidates only in exceptional cases. Interested candidates should be aware that undertaking a PhD project requires a considerable amount of time (at least three years). According to our experience, candidates are unable to satisfy the requirements outlined above while working on another permanent full-time contract. External PhD candidates should plan to spend several months at our department, or possibly at another university.

Applications for admission as a PhD student should include the following:

  1. A letter of motivation (including a description about how you will sponsor yourself during the time of your research)
  2. A full CV with details of achieved academic degrees and final grades
  3. A brief synopsis of the planned dissertation (approx. 5 pages, outlining background, objectives, research questions, methods, expected results, and including a time frame)

Please understand that we can only reply to applicants who submit all of the required documents.

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