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Doctoral Program

Every year, 20 to 30 doctoral students graduate with the academic degree Dr. rer. nat. from. The doctorate is not a degree in the usual sense, but mainly consists of working on an independent research project in one of the research areas represented at the department. Doctoral students are members of a research group in our department. Anyone interested in carrying out a doctoral project should therefore apply directly to the relevant working group.

The Graduate School of the Department of Physics at TU Dortmund University

Dortmund Graduate School of Physics

PhD students at the Department of Physics of TU Dortmund University are supported by the Dortmund Graduate School of Physics. All PhD students who have registered their PhD from 2023-01-01 are members of the Dortmund Graduate School of Physics. The structured program in the Graduate School is intended to help doctoral candidates and supervisors to better define and communicate their goals and progress during the doctorate and thus to ensure that the doctoral process runs smoothly. This also includes the professional and interdisciplinary qualification of the doctoral students, the promotion of networks, for example through doctoral student meetings, as well as assistance with career development.

Dortmund Graduate School of Physics


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Location & approach

The campus of the Technical University of Dortmund is located near the freeway junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerland line A45 crosses the Ruhr expressway B1/A40. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. In addition, the university can be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr transport association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.



One of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund is the H-Bahn. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Center via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.



From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station by AirportExpress and from there to the university by S-Bahn. A wider range of international flight connections is offered by Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometers away, which can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university's train station.

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The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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