Doctoral degree programs

The University of Stuttgart has graduate schools, PhD research groups, and doctoral degree programs in an interdisciplinary research environment for doctoral researchers from Germany and abroad.

The University of Stuttgart offers multiple structured programs leading to a doctoral degree in a variety of subjects. Please refer to the respective homepages of individual programs to find out how to apply.

Cooperative doctoral degree programs
Thanks to the University of Stuttgart’s cooperation with both post-secondary technical schools (universities of applied sciences that lack the right to confer doctorates) and with private sector companies, students in cooperative doctoral degree programs get an excellent scientific education with strong practical relevance. As a student in one of these programs, you will have two supervisors, one from the University and one other from the technical school or business enterprise.

Doctoral Degree Programs

Engineering and Natural Sciences

Completed projects

Cooperative doctoral degree programs

Engineering and Natural Sciences

  • Graduate School KIC InnoEnergy, a European consortium for promoting sustainable energy supply that has some 160 partners from industry, universities, research facilites and business schools. The University of Stuttgart is one of its founding members.
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: HYBRID (University of Stuttgart, Esslingen University, Daimler AG, Robert Bosch GmbH)
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: PROMISE 4.0 – Intelligent production systems and methods in the Industry 4.0 context for smaller and mid-size enterprises (University of Stuttgart, Esslingen University, Aalen University, Heilbronn University) (in formation).
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: Windy Cities (University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart Technology University, Esslingen University)
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: Robert Bosch Center for Power Electronics
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: Services Computing (University of Stuttgart, Reutlingen University)
  • Doctoral degree studies research group: Soft Tissue Robotics (University of Stuttgart, University of Auckland)

Media studies

  • Doctoral degree studies research group: Digital Media (University of Stuttgart, University of Tübingen, Stuttgart Media University)



Team of the Graduate Academy GRADUS

Pfaffenwaldring 5c, 70569 Stuttgart

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Jürgen Hädrich


Managing Director GRADUS

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