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Doctorate Studies in Physics

PhD in Physics

  • Degree - Dr. rer. nat
  • Qualification for an in-depth scientific work
  • Duration - approx. 4 years
  • Language - German or English
  • Beginning - at any time

Excellent international research community

  • supportive and trusted working atmosphere
  • cooperation with national and international research institutions
  • measuring times at the synchrotron BESSY II reserved for Freie Universität
  • additional qualification at the DRS possible


  • Degree as Master of Science or Diploma
  • You have already found an open doctoral position in one of our research groups. 

Our research

Doctoral Program in Physics - Creating fundamentals for future innovations

Around 130 doctoral students study and work at the Department of Physics. Every year, we award some 30 PhD degrees to physicists at Freie Universität Berlin.

If you are interested in a doctoral program, please contact the research groups of your interest directly.

PhD Program Structure

  • 1 topic
  • 1 supervisor
  • 1 written doctoral thesis
  • 1 disputation

Doctoral students are usually employed as scientific staff in the research group (AG) where they do a doctorate. 

Doctoral Thesis

  • The dissertation can be submitted as a monograph or cumulatively made up of at least four publications with the doctoral candidate as first author.
  • The dissertation must be submitted in 8 printed copies and as a pdf file.

Obligatory parts of a thesis:

  • Title page (draft)
  • Summary in German and English (maximum one page)
  • Declaration of authorship (draft)


The disputation allows the doctoral student to demonstrate their presentation skills and ability to engage in scientific discussions.

  • 30 minutes of presentation
  • 30 to 60 minutes of professional discussion with members of the PhD commission.

The disputation is open to the public: Interested persons can participate as listeners and ask questions about the research results.

Scheduled days for disputation

Mon 16:00 - 21:00 (lecture hall A)
Wed 16:00 - 21:00 (lecture hall A)
Thu 9:00 - 14:00 (Lecture hall B)

Research Integrity

PhD positions and doctoral thesis

The topic of your doctoral thesis will be determined by the scientific focus of the research group in which you will take up your doctoral position. Please contact the individual research groups directly for information on open doctoral positions.

Doctoral Program Natural Sciences

New structured doctoral program offers a variety of qualification seminars and workshops. Those who successfully complete the program can choose between the titles "Ph. D." and "Dr. rer. nat."


PhD Program Office
Mr. Andreas Heß
Arnimallee 14, Room 1.1.15
Tel. +49 30 838 56017

Habilitation - Qualification for University Teaching

What is the next step after a PhD program?

If you want to teach at a university, you should strive for a habilitation. Habiliation proves that a scientist can independently represent an academic field in research and teaching. For further information please contact our habilitation office.