Mathematikon Entrance

Our Faculty is the academic home of researchers, teachers, and students of Mathematics and Computer Science. Its institutes and facilities are housed in the Mathematikon, pleasantly located on the Campus Neuenheimer Feld of Heidelberg University. Welcome!

Mathematikon Seminar Room

The Doctorate signifies a proven ability to conduct independent scientific research. Under the auspices of the Combined Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, we confer over 30 Doctoral degrees in the subjects of mathematics and computer science each year.

Mathematikon Library

Students interested in Mathematics, Computer Science, or an interdisciplinary field, pursuing a B.Sc., M.Sc., or M.Ed., and aiming for a career in research, reaching, or the private sector, will find here in Heidelberg a full range of first-class courses for a challenging and enriching educational experience in an intellectually stimulating environment with historical cachet.

Mathematikon Lobby

We seek to promote the interest in mathematics and computer science by organizing events for schools and for the broader public. Alumns and newcomers join in and contribute to shared knowledge and contacts.

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Mathematics and Computer Science — Doctorate

Earn a PhD in Heidelberg

Heidelberg University is a highly sought-after institution for young scientists. Immerse yourself in independent, scientific research with us - embedded in the beautiful surroundings of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region.

Within the framework of a doctorate at our Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science in Heidelberg, you will put your knowledge and research skills to the test. Under the patronage of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, you will be awarded the doctoral degree Dr. rer. nat at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science by way of an independent dissertation. With personal 1:1 supervision, we support you from finding a doctoral topic through to the oral examination and defense of your work. The entire course of your doctorate is documented in the Heidelberg doctoral database heiDOCS.

The Course of Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science at Heidelberg University

A doctorate in the fields of Mathematics or Computer Science is an ideal stepping stone on the path to your career. With broad professional and academic suitability, only a formal application stands between you and your PhD. Then, after enrollment and upon consultation with your supervisor, you can immerse yourself in your work. To this end, we offer you a wide range of funding opportunities. After completing the work phase, you will submit both, your dissertation and your application for admission to the examination procedure at the same time. The examination consists of an approximately one-hour defense of your thesis before the doctoral committee. You then have 2 years to publish your dissertation. Once published, you will be conferred the doctoral degree Dr. rer. nat. under the auspices of the Combined Faculties of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Facts and Figures

DegreeDr. rer. nat.
Type of doctorateIndividual dissertation
Kick-offFlexible in arrangement with the supervisor
Working PhaseMinimum 6 months; 4 + 1 years
Working LanguagesGerman; English
Admission RequirementsSufficient knowledge in the topic of dissertation, Master's degree or equivalent
ExaminationOral disputation, written dissertation, publication
Last updated on Sep 26, 2021 at 1:55 PM