Graduate School

Masters Studies and Doctoral Programmes

The Leuphana Graduate School is based on the Anglo-American model of graduate education: We regard Masters and doctoral programmes as interlocking and mutually enriching phases of study and research. Therefore, a consistently strong connection to research is part of all Masters programmes, and unique formats, such as the Doctoral Track, enable students to enter doctoral studies at an early stage.

The Masters: Innovative, International, Interdisciplinary

Our educational idea is based on the assumption that graduate education must fulfil three essential functions: it must enlighten, allow room for design and encourage critical reflection. All this enables our graduates to meet the future requirements of the labour market, society and science. In our Masters programmes, we implement this through interdisciplinary curricula, numerous double and joint degree options and innovative study formats such as the Masters Complementary Studies. Networked thinking and agile working are matters of course for our graduates.

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The doctorate: Targeted and Networked

We are convinced that a successful doctorate is based on four pillars: Independent research, regular networking, scientific methodological, philosophical and ethical education and targeted career promotion. Therefore, as a doctoral student of the Leuphana Graduate School you can use the following formats: The Leuphana doctoral research groups as the professional home of your research projects, the sponsorship fund for conferences and research stays, Leuphana´s doctoral programme as well as the offers in the areas of coaching and career development. We take the responsibility for the future of our postdocs seriously and qualify you for a successful academic career as well as a career outside the university.

The Graduate School: We Create Spaces

At the Leuphana Graduate School we create spaces, opportunities for encounters and inspiration for all Masters students and doctoral candidates at the university. The Graduate School is a community of faculty, researchers, students and staff, who work together to shape innovations in programmes and extracurricular formats.

At Leuphana, the graduate spirit is shaped by new, surprising spaces where people can meet and freely share their ideas.

Dr. Oliver Schmidt, historian and CEO of the German-American Fulbright Commission

New, surprising spaces – these can be opened up, for example, in the Complementary Masters studies, when prospective (Masters) cultural scientists discuss ethical questions of corporate management together with sustainability students. Or also in the context of so-called "Multilogues" – a dialogue among many – through which doctoral students can start dialogues with people from the region to transfer their research projects into new, perhaps even "surprising" contexts.

To ensure that you are well-prepared to enter these new thinking spaces, the Leuphana Graduate School invites you to the Master Kick-offat the beginning of the Masters programme – two colourful and stimulating days with plenty of room for your ideas, experiences and expectations.

As a medium-sized university, we also create a lot of space for personal exchange – we rely on the presence of both lecturers and students. Take advantage of the diverse opportunities of a real campus university with numerous meeting places and student work opportunities.

Graduate School: Facts and Numbers

  • 2,600 Masters and doctoral students
  • 17 Masters degree programmes, including 4 Teacher Education Programmes
  • 9 English-language Masters programmes included, thereof one joint degree and two double-degree programmes
  • 20 doctoral research groups in the fields of education, cultural studies, sustainability and economics


Leuphana Graduate School
Universitätsallee 1, Gebäude 14
21335 Lüneburg
t +49.4131.677.2402