A Master’s degree, Diplom, Magister or Staatsexamen can be followed by doctoral studies. The typical length of study for the doctoral thesis is three years and usually leads to the title of “Dr. rer. nat.”.
The thesis topic is assigned by the supervising professor. Creative and independent scientific work, backed by solid methodical skills and extensive background knowledge acquired through literature studies and discussions, forms the basis for a successful thesis at the forefront of science.