Graduate Center Service Desk

We would be happy to advise you and provide you with further information!
Email: graduatecenter@th-koeln.de
Tel: 0221-8275-3300

Open Zoom consultation (without appointment)

Every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
in the Zoom meeting room we are happy to answer your questions.
Meeting ID: 880 9241 5096
Password: 083752

Graduate Center Service Desk

Mirjam Heetkamp

Mirjam Heetkamp

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3062

Dr. Katharina Rohrbach

Dr. Katharina Rohrbach

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5220

Dr. Helen Overhoff

Dr. Helen Overhoff

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3451

Nora Unger

Nora Unger

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5403

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Early-stage Researchers

Whether you are interested in a doctorate, or you are already at the doctoral or postdoctoral stage - TH Köln sets the focus on promoting young academics. TH Köln counts more than 200 doctoral researchers - with an upward trend. The number of postdocs supported at TH Köln in pursuing their further academic careers is also increasing continuously.

At TH Köln there is, firstly, the possibility of cooperative doctoral studies in collaboration with universities in Germany and abroad. Secondly, numerous professors at TH Köln are involved in the Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (PK NRW), through which structured doctoral programs are offered.

Graduate Center

Founded in 2016, the interdisciplinary Graduate Center of TH Köln is the central point of contact for anyone interested in or already pursuing a doctoral project at TH Köln. Enhancing the quality and framework conditions of doctoral studies at TH Köln is an essential concern for us. In addition to providing detailed advice for those interested in pursuing a doctorate, doctoral researchers, postdocs, and supervisors, Graduate Center organizes a variety of events, qualification offers, and networking opportunities in cooperation with various central institutions of TH Köln, as well as funding programs for doctoral researchers.

Feel free to contact us for a personal consultation or if you need support with organizational matters or further information!

Here you can find more information about the structure of Graduate Center.

Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (Promotionskolleg NRW)

The Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (PK NRW) 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 NRW. At PK NRW, outstanding master's graduates from universities of applied sciences and universities can realize their doctoral projects in structured doctoral programs in close cooperation with the universities of applied sciences. The doctoral degree will be issued by PK NRW. The state's Ministry of Science awarded the right to confer the doctorate to PK NRW in the fall of 2022 after a positive review by the Science Council.

Doctoral researchers at PK NRW are obliged to enroll at TH Köln and PK NRW. Opening of the doctoral examination procedures at PK NRW will presumably be possible from April 2024.

Graduate School for Applied Research in North Rhine-Westphalia (Promotionskolleg NRW)

Enrollment for a doctorate with PK NRW at TH Köln

Current events and dates

Quality standards of the UAS7 universities

UAS7, an alliance of seven leading universities of applied sciences in Germany, including TH Köln, has developed quality standards for cooperative doctoral procedures.

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TH Köln member of EUA-CDE

TH Köln is a member of the Council for Doctoral Education of the European University Association (EUA-CDE). By promoting collaboration and exchange of good practices among its members and disseminating the outcomes of its work, EUA-CDE makes an important contribution to the development of doctoral education and research training in Europe.

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TH Köln is associate member of GUAT

TH Köln was accepted as an associate member of the German University Association of Advanced Graduate Training (UniWiND/GUAT), thus confirming the promotion of early-stage researchers as a central task of the university. GUAT is committed to optimizing the qualification conditions for doctoral researchers and scientists in the postdoc phase in order to provide them with the best possible opportunities for future careers within and outside of academia.

Graduate Center Service Desk

We would be happy to advise you and provide you with further information!
Email: graduatecenter@th-koeln.de
Tel: 0221-8275-3300

Open Zoom consultation (without appointment)

Every Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
in the Zoom meeting room we are happy to answer your questions.
Meeting ID: 880 9241 5096
Password: 083752

Graduate Center Service Desk

Mirjam Heetkamp

Mirjam Heetkamp

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3062

Dr. Katharina Rohrbach

Dr. Katharina Rohrbach

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5220

Dr. Helen Overhoff

Dr. Helen Overhoff

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-3451

Nora Unger

Nora Unger

Hochschulreferat Forschung und Wissenstransfer

  • Phone: +49 221-8275-5403


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