Doctoral Track

Early entry into the doctorate's world

With the Doctoral Track, the Leuphana Graduate School is pursuing a unique path of scientific qualification in the breadth of the disciplines involved. Bachelor's and Master's students with a particular affinity for research enter the scientific community of our doctoral programmes at an early stage through the Doctoral Track programme and thus have the unique opportunity to interlock the Master's and doctoral periods and to acquire the Master's degree en-route with the doctorate in mind.

The decision for the Doctoral Track makes sense when first concrete ideas for a possible research or doctoral topic are available, e.g. based on a Bachelor's thesis or a seminar topic in the first Master's semesters.
Doctoral track students benefit concretely from:

  • early admission to the doctorate (subject to later acquisition of the Master's degree)
  • integration into the academic discourse community of the doctoral programme fellow doctoral students and supervisors
  • access to the seminar offerings of the Leuphana doctoral courses. The acquired CPs are creditable towards the three modules of the Master's Complementary Studies
  • access to the career-enhancing workshops of GradSkills for doctoral candidates
  • the opportunity to receive grants for conference attendance through the Graduate School's Qualification Fund
  • the Graduate School's Doctoral Track support programme, which includes both informational and reflective formats with the peer group

The entry into the Doctoral Track

Three points of entry into the Doctoral Track are possible:

1) The parallel application to Master's and doctoral after the Bachelor's degree
2) The application in the early phase of the Master's programme
3) The application in the final phase of the Master's programme for the transition to the doctoral programme


The Graduate School offers information slots about the Doctoral Track at various times during the academic year and for different target groups. Here you can find out everything about the admission requirements, the modules of the doctorate and your benefits. The Master's Student Counselling Service will also be happy to advise you on how to integrate the Doctoral Track into your current Master's degree program. Our Doctoral Student Counselling Service will help you with processes relating to admission to the doctorate, and the Leuphana Writing Center regularly holds workshops, e.g. on writing exposés. We look forward to seeing you!

Information sessions for the Doctoral Track in 2024

10th AprilPhD Information Day with FAQ Session for the Doctoral TrackDigital
25th JuneInfosession Doctoral TrackDigital
2nd OctoberInfosession Doctoral Track during the Graduate School Opening DaysDigital
27th NovemberPhD Information Day with Infosession for the Doctoral TrackDigital
Dez.- May: All 4 - 6 weeksInfosession Application and Admission for the Masters programmes and the Doctoral TrackDigital

All dates with times, zoom links and more detailed program information can be found by clicking on Information Formats Master and Promotion.

Information Sessions of the Writing Center

The Writing Center offers individual writing consultations and, once a semester, information sessions on writing the exposé:

How to Find a Topic, Conduct Research, and Get Started on a Major Writing Project or Thesis
Getting Started on Your Proposal: A Hands-on Workshop for Master's Students

Information on these and other events can be found by clicking on this link to the GradSkills website.

Doctoral topics

Currently offered doctoral topics by supervisors of the five schools can be found on this page. Here you can also find out how to contact potential supervisors for your project.

Doctoral researches while studying your Masters programme

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Admission requirements

  •  A "very good" Bachelor's degree (or equivalent). In this case, "very good" means a final result of at least 1.7 or proof that you were among the top 10% graduates in your final year of study
  • Bachelor's thesis with a grade of 1.3 or better
  • An outline of a potential research project and
  • Admission to a Master's programme at the Leuphana Graduate School and at least registration in the first semester

Proof of the admission requirements must be provided at the time of application. If an application for admission is made in the first Master's semester, proof of the Bachelor's degree can be provided by the end of the first Master's semester at the latest.

Application form, Certificate of selection interview, Supervision agreement


Counselling and Coaching

Dr. Nadine Dablé
Building 14, Room 126
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg

Coordination / Administration

building 14, room 130
Universitätsallee 1
21335 Lüneburg