PhDs and Graduate School Computer Sciences



Applicants with a M.Sc. in computer science from a German university or University of Applied Sciences and applicants with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from a German university already are formally qualified for admission.

For all other candidates, the PhD board decides on an individual base about admission to the PhD program and the potential qualification studies. For more information, see Phase 1: Graduate Studies .

Closing dates for applications

We have a rolling deadline, and registration is open all year. The submission are reviewed every 2-3 months.

Ad-hoc admissions

If you have the support (including funding or external funding) of a faculty member with PhD supervision rights, you may be forwarded for direct admission. In this case, you can submit your application at any time. Please contact your prospective supervisor for further information; she or he need to preregister you with the PhD board for ad-hoc admission.
In addition to the standard application documents, your application should provide a letter from the advisor confirming the supervision and providing suggestions for the qualification studies.

In particular, ad-hoc admission is possible for candidates that have been successful in the selection process of the affiliated institutes (e.g., MPI-SWS, DFKI, IESE).

Application System

You can submit your application via the online application system.
You have to provide the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
  • Copies or certified translations of Bachelor/Master degrees, including transcript of records (in German or English)
  • A letter of motivation
  • Proof of your English or German proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, TestDaF)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty staff of a university or a research institute (if you have not graduated at the University of Kaiserslautern-Landau and if you are applying for a scholarschip)
All documents must be provided in the pdf format.