General information on Ph.D. studies and research in Konstanz
As a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Konstanz, research is in the center of what you do. Our research programs benefit from the combination of excellent technical facilities and an open environment between research groups and the different departments.
The formal structure of the Ph.D. program combines elements of the traditional German and of the Anglo-American system. A relatively short average length and a focus on research are characteristic. At the “half-time” of the thesis or slightly thereafter, typically after 1.5 or 2 years at the latest, you are required to give a lecture open to the faculty (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members) on your progress and future planning. This lecture can be replaced by a first-author publication in an internationally renowned peer-reviewed journal. The Ph.D. defense consists of a public lecture on the results of your work and a closed door exam. Ph.D. theses are routinely written in English or German language. A Ph.D. thesis is typically supervised by a single or two advisors.
An extensive program of seminars and scientific discussion educates students. This involves renowned external speakers and the research seminars of the individual groups. Moreover, graduate students are encouraged to participate in their selection of advanced-level courses in, e.g., physical chemistry, organic and organometallic chemistry, materials science, polymer chemistry and physics, and biochemistry.
For the whereabouts and careers of our alumni, check the homepages of the individual research groups.
Last but not least, working ambitiously and living in an attractive surrounding are not a contradiction. Research has its ups and downs also in Konstanz, and a day in the Alps or at the lake can clear your mind and restore your energy.
For further information or to apply for a Ph.D. position, please contact the individual research groups.