Graduate Center

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Since January 2016, the Graduate Center of TH Köln is signed as central contact point for everyone interested in or already executing a doctoral project at TH Köln.

Whether you are looking for organizational or interdisciplinary questions concerning the doctoral program, you will find the right contact persons at the Graduate Center. In cooperation with the faculties, graduate schools and other institutions, the goal of the Graduate Center of TH Köln is to improve the quality and framework of cooperative research projects. For its members the Graduate Center offers various services such as the yearly “Afternoon for Doctorates” or specific travel grants, to support the network inbetween the community and guide the doctorates along their way. Additionally, doctoral students who conduct research at TH Köln are able to make use of TH Köln's infrastructure and services, including the library, IT services and student-ID card.


The university-wide doctoral convention supports the network inbetween the university and reinforces group identity. The commission for promotion of young researchers additionally assists the Graduate Center, providing expert input to secure proper quality management regarding doctoral procedures and advising with the development and constant change.


The Graduate Center also offers diverse sessions and coachings in cooperation with the Language Center or Kompetenzwerkstatt to help doctorates with developing individual qualifications and enhancing soft skills.


Mentoring during the whole process at TH Köln is one of the main keys for a successful promotion. Because of that, we highly recommend a conclusion of our Supervision Agreement prepared by TH Köln, which regulates all rights and duties concerning doctoral students and their supervisors.

Requirements for becoming a doctoral student at TH Köln and to benefit from additional services, are either to be enrolled in a cooperative doctoral study program at TH Köln and a university or an employment-relationship as a research assistant at TH Köln within the scope of a graduation. Thus, a Joint Supervision Agreement is an important document to ensure a highly qualified supervision of both TH Köln and the chosen university.