PhD program

The German Sport University (GSU) confers the academic degree Ph.D. following the successful completion of the Ph.D. studies which also comprise a scientific dissertation and an oral examination. To access the doctoral regulations please view the column on the right.

The conferred degree options are:

  • Ph.D. Exercise Science
  • Ph.D. Natural Science
  • Ph.D. Social Science

Ph.D. Studies can be completed both in English or German language. The respective language requirements have to be fulfilled:

  • German language:
    • DSHII certificate
    • TestDaF TN4 certificate
  • English language:
    • TOEFL (paper-based: minimum 550 points; computer-based: 213 p.; internet-based: 80 p)
    • IELTS British Council: 6.5 p.

Application requirements are a successful completed Master / Diploma degree including a written thesis with grade.

Besides a research proposal containing an elaborated description a dissertation timetable is needed to classify your research sector. All documents (in English or German): Copies of your Bachelor and Master degree including the academic transcript and your CV need to be send to the International Office for verification.

As a Ph.D. student you are exempt from tuition fees and merely pay the semester fees amounting to approx. 260€ per semester. No further funding is provided by the German Sport University. More information about costs and financing you can find here. Please keep in mind that there is no application deadline for the PhD studies.

The applicant is responsible for identifying and recruiting a supervisor for the respective thesis. Please click here for an overview of all scientific institutes with the respective contacts:

For further questions please contact the International Office under internationalnospam-­dshs-koeln.de.