Doctoral Research Groups


When you start your doctorate at Leuphana, you will automatically be part of a doctoral research group.
The doctoral research groups at Leuphana form an (inter-)disciplinary group of fellow doctoral candidates and supervising professors. For you as a doctoral candidate, the doctoral research groups are a feedback hub, think tank and idea generator all in one: here, doctoral candidates regularly present their current dissertation projects, guest researchers from Germany and abroad provide inspiring input, and you can engage in an exchange with supervisors beyond office hours. This motivates, structures and provides new ideas for your own research project - including the important development of individual networks.

Membership of a doctoral research group depends on the supervisor who will supervise your dissertation. A doctoral research group consists of at least three professors and an average of 15 doctoral candidates. Thematically, the doctoral research groups are clustered according to their affiliation to one of the five faculties of the university; the respective supervisors can be found on the individual websites of the doctoral research groups. Many professors regularly name doctoral topics or research areas in which they supervise doctoral theses. It is also possible to contact them directly via the personal pages of the faculty institutes.

If you have been admitted to a doctoral programme at Leuphana, you may use all the support formats of the Graduate School: From the attractive range of seminars offered by the doctoral programme, to funding for conferences and research stays, to tailor-made career workshops. All new doctoral students are welcomed at the Graduate School Opening Days.

We look forward to meeting you and your research topics!

Please find all doctoral research groups of our five schools below.

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