Whether you are interested in a doctorate, you already are a doctoral candidate or postdoc - TH Köln sets the focus on promoting young academics. More than 190 doctoral candidates are currently researching at TH Köln - with an upward trend. The number of postdocs who are supported at TH Köln in pursuing their further academic careers is also increasing continuously.
Even though TH Köln is not permitted to confer doctoral degrees in compliance with the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act, it explicitly welcomes and supports doctorate projects carried out in cooperation with universities in Germany and abroad and is involved in the Doctoral College for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (Promotionskolleg NRW). For TH Köln, the structural development of the cooperative doctorate together with the universities and the Promotionskolleg NRW is the future for academic qualification.
Graduate Center of TH Köln is the central contact point for everyone interested in or already executing a doctoral project at TH Köln as well as postdocs and supervisors. It provides comprehensive information as well as personal advice and support in organizational concerns. The improvement of the quality and framework conditions of the cooperative doctoral studies at TH Köln is an important concern for us. In addition to detailed advice for those interested in doing a doctorate, doctoral candidates, postdocs and supervisors, Graduate Center organizes a large number of events, qualification offers and networking opportunities and offers funding programs for doctoral candidates.
Feel free to contact us for a personal consultation or if you need support with organizational matters or further information!
Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (Promotionskolleg NRW)
The Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (Promotionskolleg NRW) was founded in December 2020. It has emerged from Graduierteninstitut NRW (GI NRW) and is a joint scientific institution of the 16 state and four state-funded universities of applied sciences and the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the future, outstanding master's graduates from universities of applied sciences are to carry out their doctoral projects there in close cooperation with the universities. The Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia will then award the doctoral degree. The prerequisite is that the State Ministry of Science (Wissenschaftsministerium) grants PK NRW the right to award doctorates after being assessed by the Science Council (Wissenschaftsrat).