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PhD Regulations

The Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies is a joint programme by LMU Munich and the University of Regensburg. The doctoral degree, thus, will be awarded either by LMU Munich or the University of Regensburg.

In most cases, i.e. in the humanities, the academic title awarded to successful graduates of our doctoral program will be the doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.). This also applies to doctoral dissertations written in the field of cultural anthropology, which are to be supervised at the University of Regensburg. In the field of sociology, LMU München awards the title "Dr. rer. soc.". The title of "Dr. jur." can be obtained at the University of Regensburg completing a doctoral degree in Public Law (Please note: This requires the candidate to have successfully completed the first state examination in law, in advance).

Who can apply?

University graduates who hold a master degree, a Magister, a Staatsexamen or a Diplom as well as graduates with comparable international qualifications are eligible to apply for the Graduate School's doctoral programme. A very good overall grade is expected. In addition, the suggested research project should, of course, be related to East or Southeast Europe, to one of our three research areas, and to a discipline in which supervision can be offered by the Graduate School's Principal Investigators. Where appropriate, we will consider applications of students with a master degree in subjects that are not included in the disciplines of the Graduate School if they are related to the ones represented at our School. However the research project must be suitable to our research profile.

How to apply?

Until further notice, the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies offers no research funding to new doctoral students!

In case of a call for applications, all mentioned requirements must be met by applicants.

In general, you will be asked to submit a convincing letter of motivation, an elaborated exposé of the proposed doctoral dissertation project, a time schedule for completing this project, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, and a certificate of your master's degree.

For further and detailed information, please see "Application".

Formal requirements for applying and enroling

You can check which international qualifications are accepted as equivalent to an European master's degree in the "anabin" database provided by the Conference of Ministers of Education of the German "Länder" (KMK).

A bachelor degree is not sufficient as the skills required for a doctoral programme in the humanities as well as social sciences can usually be acquired only over a longer period of study.

Registering/enroling at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München

You will have to enrol at LMU for at least

For enroling at LMU you are asked to present

For registering at the PAGS you are asked to submit

  • A written confirmation of supervision or a supervision agreement not older than 3 months
  • Diplomas and certificates qualifiying for studies on doctoral level
  • A CV including an overview of all study courses so far completed
  • An Official certificate of good conduct issued by the authorities of your present place of residence

Please, do also check the doctoral degree regulations of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München concerning the crediting of competences and academic achievements abroad for your PhD: 

Registering/enroling at the Universität Regensburg (UR)

You will have to enrol at UR for at least

For enroling at LMU you are asked to present

For registering at the

Please, do also check the doctoral degree regulations of the Universität Regensburg concerning the crediting of competences and academic achievements abroad for your PhD:

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