Doctoral studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
It is possible to complete doctoral studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the TU Darmstadt. To qualify, you need to have completed academic studies at a university for which you have been awarded a recognised degree, for example a Masters of Science in Mechanical and Process Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Other degrees may also be recognised; see the Special Rules of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (in German)for more details. Depending on your degree, you can complete a doctorate to become either Dr.-Ing., Dr.rer.nat. or Dr. phil.
For successful completion of doctoral studies you must hand in an academic dissertation that you have written independently and which contributes to the further development of the academic field. In addition, each candidate must complete an oral examination (defence) before a committee of examiners from the Department. Doctoral studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering usually take between three and five years to complete.
In the Department of Mechanical Engineering there is always a variety of positions available for academic assistants. The best way for applicants to find open positions is to visit the websites of departments, they are interested in. Applications for advertised jobs should normally be submitted there. Another alternative is to make an unsolicited application to these departments. The TU Darmstadt’s job bank is also a source of general job listings.
Completing a doctoral programme
Candidates who wish to complete doctoral studies must first find a suitable supervisor among the professors in the Department. Together with this supervisor, they will define and discuss the topic of the dissertation. The candidate must apply to the dean in the department to be taken on as a doctoral candidate. The supervisor’s written agreement is required here.
The candidate can then begin researching, and should report on and evaluate the progress at regular intervals with the supervisor. The programme ends with submission of the written dissertation and the oral examination. For more details see the Special Rules of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Working in the department
Doctoral studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are usually connected with a strong collaboration with the department and its organisation. Most doctoral candidates are employed as academic assistants at the TU Darmstadt. However, other forms of collaboration are also possible, such as stipends, external financial aid, the Centre of Smart Interfaces or the Graduate School Computational Engineering. The TU Darmstadt goes to great lengths to define doctoral studies not as a third degree programme, but rather as the first step of your career.
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