Hessian Act on Higher Education in the valid version (effective: December 2015)

Press release of the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts about the rights to award a PhD at universities of applied sciences in Hesse from March 18, 2016.

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PhD Support at Frankfurt UAS

Is it possible to become a Ph.D. student at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences?

Essentially, yes. In recent years, a legal basis for PhD studies at universities of applied sciences, which intends to ease the process of earning a doctorate for particularly qualified graduates from such universities (Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften, HAWs), has been established in accordance with university policies. The latest versions of the Hessian Act on Higher Education (Hessisches Hochschulgesetz) as well as several university policy initiatives and resolutions at federal and state level approve such options for obtaining a Ph.D. degree and provide a framework for a stronger consideration and better funding of "cooperative Ph.D. programs".

According to current laws, it will in some cases also be possible to earn a doctorate directly at Hessian univeristies of applied sciences. At present, several PhD Centers connected to individual fields of research are being planned in cooperation with Frankfurt UAS. The first PhD Center ("Promotionszentrum") with the right to award PhD degrees at Frankfurt UAS was approved by the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK) by January 1, 2017, and is currently being established.