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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Life Sciences

Before the doctoral degree

In our faculty, you can undertake doctoral studies in the following subjects: Agricultural Sciences, Biology, Biophysics, Horticultural Sciences and Psychology.

You may only be admitted to a doctoral degree programme once you have found a supervisor for your research project.

If you have already received confirmation from your supervisor, you can go straight to the doctoral study admissions webpage. Or you can find out more about the opportunities offered by the Graduate Centre Life Sciences to accompany your research project.

In case you are still looking for a supervisor, you can find out about the research groups in the Faculty of Life Sciences.


In addition, the biannual Information Event "Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Life Sciences" informs about relevant issues on doing doctoral studies at our faculty.



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I am interested in a doctoral degree project


Find a supervisor

• You can undertake doctoral studies in any subject represented by a member of the faculty.

• If you have not yet found a supervision for you doctoral research project, please contact the departments in order to find out about faculty members and their subject areas.


Research groups

• As soon as you have found a faculty member who is able to offer you a research topic and who is prepared to supervise you, you may submit an application for admission to the doctoral degree programme.


► Doctoral degree programmes


► Funding opportunities


Doctoral Candidates' Portal at HU


► Consultation HGS


► Further HU offers for doctoral candidates

I already have a supervisor and I would like to apply


Doctoral degree subjects

For admission to a doctoral degree programme, the Faculty of Life Sciences' Doctoral Degree regulations from 5th March 2015 apply for all subjects.

Agricultural Sciences
(Dr. rer. agr. |  Ph. D.)

Specialization: Economics and Governance of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

(Dr. rer. nat. | Ph. D.)

Specialization: Biochemistry, Botany, Didactics of Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Ecology, Paleontology, Parasitology, Plant Physiology, Theoretical Biology, Animal Physiology, Behavioral Biology, Cell Biology, Zoology

Please consult your supervisor for advice on the choice of specialism.


(Dr. rer. nat. | Ph. D.)

Specialization: Experimental Biophysics, Theoretical Biophysics

Please consult your supervisor for advice on the choice of specialism.


Horticultural Sciences
(Dr. rer. hort. |  Ph. D.)


(Dr. rer. nat. | Ph. D.)


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