Enrolment as a doctoral candidate

Doctoral studies are possible at the University of Erfurt in the :

  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology and the
  • Max Weber College

At the beginning of a doctoral project, to apply for acceptance as a doctoral candidate accordance with the respective doctoral regulations of the respective faculty.

To be accepted as a doctoral student, an application must be submitted via Docata - the web portal for doctoral students at the University of Erfurt.

Information about Docata / Link to the Docata web portal
Further information and contact persons regarding "Doctoral Studies at the University of Erfurt".

Upon acceptance as a PhD candidate, the student status and thus the membership of the university can be acquired. For this purpose, please submit the application for enrolment in the PhD program via the online application portal. Please note the documents to be submitted in the instructions concerning the request for admission to PhD program.

Das Wort "Forschung" auf einer Glasscheibe geschrieben, Uni Erfurt

How do I enrol?

What deadlines must be observed?

After acceptance as a doctoral candidate, enrolment can be applied for at any time.

The application for enrolment for doctorate must be submitted no later than

  • 31.03. for a winter semester
  • 30.09. for a summer semester

be submitted.

How does the online enrolment work?

If you are already studying at the University of Erfurt, please log in to the student portal (tab 'Application') and start your application there.

1. registration

Before you can submit an application, you must first register in the application portal to create an applicant account at the University of Erfurt. To register, please use an e-mail address that you check regularly. After registration, you will receive a message (welcome e-mail) with your user ID and an activation code / activation link to the e-mail address you have given. You can activate your account by entering the activation code or by calling up the activation link from the e-mail.

Important: Please remember your user ID, which you will receive in the welcome e-mail after your registration, as well as your self-selected password. You will need these to log in to the application portal in the future.

You must register again for each application semester. Data from previous semesters will be deleted. If you have already registered for the current application semester, you can log in directly with your access data.

As part of the application or enrolment process at the University of Erfurt, personal data is collected from you and stored. Before filling out the online form, please note the following information:

Information in accordance with Art. 13 EU-DSGVO on the collection, processing and use of personal data in the context of the admission and enrolment procedures.

2. submit application

After successful registration in the application portal, you can now submit one or more application requests.

After you have selected your desired degree programme (doctoral subject), you will be guided through the application step by step. As part of the application, you have the option at some points to upload documents (e.g. proof of language proficiency) in advance. These documents must be submitted at the latest for matriculation and registration.

After completing the data entry, your application will have the status "In preparation". You have the opportunity to check everything again and correct it if necessary.

Incomplete applications and applications that have not (yet) been submitted will be saved so that the application can be continued when you return.

Don't forget to submit your application (electronically) afterwards!

3. submit application (electronically)

In order to apply for enrolment, you must still submit the application electronically.

After submitting an application, it will either be given the status "Admitted" or the status "Received" until your details have been examined.

The application is completely digital, i.e. you do not have to send any documents by post!

4. Stay up to date

You can track the status of your applications in the application portal. If you have activated the e-mail notification in the application portal, you will receive an e-mail from us if there has been a change in the status of your student application.

5. apply for enrolment

As soon as the overall status of your application changes to "admitted", you can submit an application for enrolment in the applicant portal. The information you already provided in your application must be supplemented by some data that we require for your studies at our university. Please follow the further instructions in the applicant portal and then let yourself be guided through the online enrolment!

After completing your data, click on the 'Finish and calculate fees' button. The fees and contributions to be paid for the enrolment are now calculated on the basis of this data and the corresponding invoice(s) are listed.

By clicking on the “To overview” button, you will return to the overview page with your application and enrolment applications. Please submit all documents for enrolment digitally. Clicking on the “Next to document upload” button will lead you directly to the required documents.
After you have uploaded the required documents the enrolment application is complete and your documents can be checked by us.

What documents must be uploaded?

The documents to be uploaded for enrolment are listed in the Information for enrolment for doctorate .

What happens after enrolment?

If you have uploaded all the required documents and you fulfil the admission requirements for a doctorate at the University of Erfurt, we will enrol you.

As your enrolment application status changes to “enroled”, your user data for the university account (University of Erfurt e-mail address, your user name and the initial password) will be available on the start page of the applicant portal. The initial password must first be changed for unrestricted use of the services of the University Computer and Media Center (URMZ). The change is made via the URMZ user portal. Only then is your university account active. As soon as you have activated your university account by changing the initial password, you can also use it to log in to the applicant/student portal. Your previous access data (applicant account) will only be available as a temporary login after enrolment.

We will send you your student ID card (thoska) by post.
Once you have enroled, you will be a member of the University of Erfurt from the start of the semester.

Please note that you will need to validate your student ID card (thoska) before using it for the first time. It is best to do this on your first visit to the campus.

Campus map of the University of Erfurt with references to the locations of the thoska devices (German only)


Enrolment for doctoral canditates

Studierendenangelegenheiten (Dezernat 1: Studium und Lehre)
Student Affairs
(Department 1: Registrar‘s Office)
C02 – Verwaltungsgebäude / Ground floor (main entrance)

Doctoral advice / Graduate service

Servicebüro (Team)
General enquiries Graduate Service
(Staff Unit Research and Graduate Services)