In order to apply you need to have a Master's Degree (or an estimated date of Graduation within the same year of application) in computer science, applied mathematics or natural sciences, preferably with an interdisciplinary training at the interface of natural and computer science or mathematics. Degrees from foreign universities and master degrees in non-research oriented study programs (Fachhochschule) might be eligible. For further information, consult the doctorate regulations (Promotionsordnung) of the respective partner university.

The following documents are required for your application:

  • Letter of Application
    (Why are you interested in this study program? What are your current research interests? In English, maximum 2 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae with relevant credentials, qualifications and list of publications (in English, maximum 2 pages).
  • Certificates of your Master and Bachelor Degrees
    (We accept degrees in German or English language, or certified and notarised translations of your degree)
  • Transcript of Records
    (in German or English, or certified and notarised translations thereof)
  • Abstract of your Bachelor and Master thesis
    (in German or English)
  • Proof of adequate English proficiency
    (see below, can be filed subsequent to the application until end of December, 2021)
  • Summary of computer-science skills
    (Please comment on your experience with scientific software, in programming and in software development. Maximum 1 page)
  • Letter of recommendation from your official Master thesis advisor and optionally a second letter of recommendation
    (by one of your professors, or previous employers or supervisors)
  • Contact Information of your Master thesis advisor and a second reference, that you authorise to being contacted by our selection committee to investigate your past scientific and professional activities and academic performance by submitting your application.

All prospective students must submit proof of adequate English proficiency. The following proofs are accepted:

  • A university degree in an academic study program taught in English
  • TOEFL paper and pencil test: 580 points with a score of 45 in the essay (TWE score)
  • TOEFL internet-based test: 92 points with at least 22 points per skill (listening, writing, speaking, reading)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Results A, B, C
  • Proof of at least five years of English lessons at a German/Austrian/Swiss school
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academics: Band 6,5, Good Competent User, with at least 6,0 per skill
  • Proof of English proficiency with the Level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) from a recognized institution

TOEFL ITP and TOEIC are not accepted. Acceptance of other than the above-mentioned language certificates remains subject to approval by the admissions board.


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