Doctoral Training at IBNM

Structured doctoral programmes at IBNM

IBNM has a long history with structured doctoral programmes. We have successfully completed research activities within the International Research Training Group IRTG 1627 (ViVaCE) and the Lower Saxony Doctoral Programme on Multifunctional Active and Reactive Surfaces and Interfaces (MARIO).

Currently we are supervising the International Research Training Group 2657 together with the ENS Paris-Saclay. You can find more information about this doctoral programme under this link.

Three different pathways to a doctoral degree


The conventional assistant doctorate on a state-funded position as a research associate:

  • These candidates are involved in teaching activities within our Bachelor- and Master-programmes during the first years. However, suitable freedom for own doctoral research is provided. Graduation on this path takes about 5 years in general

Doctoral research on a project, typically third party funded e.g. by the German Research Foundation (DFG) or industrial partners:

  • The duration for graduation takes about 4 years.

Doctoral research within a coordinated doctoral programme, e.g. DFG Research Training Groups:  

  • Main idea of coordinated research projects is on collaborative interdisciplinary research within a group of 10 to 12 doctoral candidates, trained by an interdisciplinary group of principal investigators within an international and intercultural environment. The funding for doctoral candidates is limited for 3 years.