Doctoral Programs

Doctorate at the DTMD

There are fundamental differences between PhD and DBA programs. Both doctorate concepts pursue different goals and address different target groups. While PhD programs are aimed at recent university graduates, DBA programs are exclusively intended for working decision-makers with extensive practical experience. They are primarily offered as so-called blended learning on a part-time basis, in which classroom phases alternate with online learning.

DTMD University's doctoral school primarily addresses licensed physicians and executives from administration and companies with a master's degree from a recognized European university and at least five years of professional experience who:

    • would like to document their technical, professional and social experiences and competences in a high-quality scientific and practice-oriented doctoral thesis,
    • want to enhance their professional skills and expertise through a scientifically validated reflection and research process,
  • want to showcase their personal profile and previous professional achievements with a recognized academic title.

Applicants with particularly outstanding professional and professional aptitudes and achievements may be admitted by the Doctoral Committee of DTMD University on application to a qualifying examination, which exempts from the master's thesis.

Timing of the doctoral programs

In total, doctoral students in the two DAM and DBA doctoral programs at DTMD University go through

  • in the 1st year of study, five interdisciplinary joint and
  • in the 2nd year of study, three subject-specific separate attendance modules.
  • The 3rd year of study is devoted primarily to work on the thesis and preparation for the colloquium with the defense of the doctoral thesis before the examination committee.

With the doctoral program, the doctoral student acquires a total of 120 ECVET credits (European Credit Transfer System according to the Bruges / Copenhagen process), which are absolutely equivalent to the ECTs of the Bologna process.

The obligatory individual supervision of doctoral students provides for a continuous transfer of information and knowledge with the first supervisor. This can take place through face-to-face meetings, e-mail or video conferencing.

The program is part-time and the attendance modules take place on weekends from Friday to Sunday.

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