PhD guidelines

We have written Guidelines for Quality Assurance for dissertations at HS Anhalt. In particular, they address the following topics:

  • Quality standards
  • Doctoral Students Guide
  • Supervision agreement

Furthermore, we refer to the


We offer individual consulting for concerning all subjects of your PhD. Feel free to write an e-mail to make out an appointment.

Also the PhD spokeman of your unit is a good contact person (see column on the right).

PhD Funding

  • Research assistant

    Working as a research assistant at a university is probably the most frequently used financing model. If you already have a supervisor, ask him or her for a suitable position. Otherwise, find out about job offers at HS Anhalt.

  • State graduate scholarship

    The Anhat University of Applied Sciences awards 6-8 state graduate scholarships. If you are interested, please contact the FTTZ.

  • External PhD Scholarships

    Another widespread financing model are PhD scholarships. These are usually advertised by foundations, funding agencies, the state, the federal government or the EU.

    Most scholarships  run for three years. Usually there are two calls per year. In order to apply for such a doctoral scholarship, you already need a certificate of acceptance as a doctoral candidate from a university.

    In order to get an overview of which foundation is suitable for you and your dissertation topic, the BMBF's Stipendienlotse will be happy to help you.

  • External funds

    Particularly committed doctoral students and supervisors can try to get their own external funding. External funds are funds that a university can apply for, therefore the application must also be submitted via the university.

    The BMWI's funding databases provide a good overview of calls for proposals for third-party funding.

    For planning an application for third-party funding, please contact the  FTTZ. The contact person there is Dr. Daria Meyr.

  • Secondary employment

    A doctorate can also be financed by a secondary activity (for example in a cooperating company) or by the help of family members.

  • Foreign PhD students

    Foreign doctoral students are partly supported from their countries of origin. The DAAD also offers special programmes. The International Office is also on hand to provide advice.


  • Why PhD?

    You should ask yourself the following question and discuss it with family and friends, but also with professors you know. In particular, you should be able to answer the following central questions with "Yes":

    • Is the doctorate meaningful or even necessary for my professional career?
    • Does the PhD fit in with my life planning?
    • How much time do I want and can I invest in my work?
    • How do I finance my PhD?
  • What is a cooperative PhD?

    In Saxony-Anhalt, a PhD at an Universities of Applied Sciences (HAW) is currently only possible within the framework of a cooperative doctorate (§ 17 (6) sentence 2 HSG LSA). In the case of a cooperative doctorate

    • the initial opinion of a professor at the university,
    • the second opinion is drawn up by a professor at a university of applied sciences.

    The supervision is carried out according to individual agreement. The doctoral procedure and the award of the doctorate takes place at the university, regardless of where the main focus of the work was.

  • PhD: individual or structured programme

    Individual promotion: The common route to a PhD in Germy is via individual promotion (classic promotion). A professor advises the doctoral student.

    A special form of individual PhD is doctorate in industry. The phD candidate writes his or her thesis in cooperation with the company where he or she is employed. Alternatively, he or she will be employed at the university, whereby the third-party funding will be financed in whole or in part by the company.

    Structured doctorate: In addition to individual doctorates, there is also the possibility in Germany of obtaining a PhD within a structured doctoral programme. These programmes are similar to the Anglo-Saxon PhD system. A team of supervisors looks after the doctoral students. The programmes include a doctoral curriculum, are often interdisciplinary and usually also support the training of soft skills and additional qualifications.

    Cooperative doctorates, such as those carried out at universities of applied sciences, are generally carried out as part of an individual doctorate.

  • How does a promotion work in a company?

    To carry out the promotion in cooperation with a (regional) company is often a win-win situation for all sides. The doctoral candidate can either be employed by the company and paid for his or her doctorate on a topic of the company or the person is employed at the university and the company finances this position in whole or in part as a third-party donor.

    The doctoral candidate is given the opportunity to work on a research question of practical relevance and the company receives exclusive research results on a question of importance to it. However, it must be made clear to the company that the doctoral candidate must publish the research results in order to obtain the doctorate. This topic should be discussed very well in advance if confidential information is to be disclosed.

    The contact between the supervisor and the doctoral candidate is either established before the start of the doctoral project. Otherwise, it is up to the doctoral student to establish contact and define the framework conditions.

  • What do I do if I have problems with my adviser?

    If you encounter problems with your advisor during your PhD, you should solve them as soon as possible. We recommend that you conclude a supervision agreement before starting your doctorate. We will be happy to advise you!

  • What are the requirements?

    The decisive prerequisite for admission to a doctorate is the completion of a course of study relevant to the doctoral subject at a German university (Diplom, Magister or Master, first state examination, equivalent degree at a foreign university, equivalent Fachhochschule degree).

    The Anhalt University of Applied Sciences only offers cooperative doctorates. Therefore, the more detailed regulations at which the cooperative doctoral procedure is carried out must be fulfilled.

Additional advisory services from HS Anhalt

  • Founding

    Questions and information on foundings? Contact our business incubator FoundIt!.

  • Going abroad

    Questions and information on going abroad? Contact our international office.

  • Career service

    The kickSTART:Career programme offers many services to international students.

  • Open access publication

    The university library supports you in the publication of your scientific publication. They publish your digital documents on Share_it - the common Open Access repository of the universities of Saxony-Anhalt. Your publication will be permanently archived and made available as an electronic full text. Further information is available here.