PhD program

About 40 junior researchers yearly receive their PhD  the German Sport University Cologne in the diverse disciplines of sport science.

The German Sport University (GSU) confers the academic degree Ph.D. following the successful completion of the Ph.D. studies, a scientific dissertation and an oral examination.

For information about formal issues regarding your PhD application, financing your PhD or PhD courses, please contact the PhD Office (see contact).

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
    • Telc C1 "Hochschule"
  • English language:
    • TOEFL iBT ≥ 95 points
    • IELTS British Council ≥ 7 points
    • Cambridge C1 level

For further questions please contact the International Office under    


Doctoral committee

Der Promotionsausschuss der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln besteht aus Vertreterinnen und Vertretern von drei Gruppen:

Gruppe der Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Mario Thevis (Vorsitzender)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stefanie Klatt geb. Hüttermann

Univ.-Prof. Dr. jur. Martin Nolte

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ilse Hartmann-Tews (stellvertretendes Mitglied)

Gruppe der akademischen Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter:

Dr. Vera Abeln

Timo Klein (stellvertretendes Mitglied)

Gruppe der Studierenden:

Nadine Kahlert

Patrick Weber (stellvertretendes Mitglied) 

Financing your PhD

You would like to do your PhD at the German Sport University Cologne, but you are lacking the financial support?

First of all, as a Ph.D. student you are exempt from tuition fees and merely pay the semester fees amounting to approx. 270€ per semester. No further funding is provided by the German Sport University. You can find more information about costs and financing here.  

The German Sport University offers a number of internal research funds to support you. In addition you have the possibility to apply for external PhD scholarships.

You can find more detailed information about our internal research funds as well as external financial support here.

In case of questions regarding financial support for your PhD you can also adress the Research and Young Academics Team: Forschungsservicestelle.

The Department Gender and Diversity Management also offers a number of funding programmes to support researchers and parents in science. Further information can be found here.

Steps to a PhD

Please find a document that shows you the spearate steps on your way to a PhD here.


Dr. Alexandra Pizzera

Alexandra Pizzera

Telefonischer Kontakt +49 221 4982 7580 / Abteilung Forschung und wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs

Website Forschungsprofil
Dr. Claudia Combrink

Claudia Combrink

Abteilung Forschung und wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs (Vertretung)

Telephone +49 221 4982-6174





PhD students


Submitting the doctoral thesis


Oral examination