PhD programme

About 40 junior researchers yearly receive their Ph.D. at the German Sport University 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 Ph.D. application, financing your Ph.D. or Ph.D. courses, please contact the Ph.D. 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
Financing your Ph.D.

You would like to do your Ph.D. at the German Sport University, but you are lacking the financial support?

As a Ph.D. student you merely pay the semester fees amounting to approx. 330€ 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. 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.


Dr. Alexandra Pizzera

Alexandra Pizzera

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

Telephone +49 221 4982-7580 +49 221 4982-8701
Website Forschungsprofil
Dr. Claudia Combrink

Claudia Combrink

Abteilung Forschung und wissenschaftlicher Nachwuchs (Vertretung)

Telephone +49 221 4982-6174

Interest - First Steps




Doctoral studies and doctoral thesis


Submitting the doctoral thesis


Oral examination