Who is doing a doctorate in Bonn?

PhD Data Management and Statistics

How many doctoral students received their doctorate in the past year? And how did the doctoral students at the University of Bonn come together? Our annual PhD statistics answer these and other questions.

In our newsletter Bonn Doctoral Bulletin1 we regularly publish further key figures on our doctoral students.

Eine Wissenschaftlerin und ein Wissenschaftler arbeiten hinter einer Glasfassade und mischen Chemikalien mit Großgeräten.
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Facts and Figures

Doctoral students at the university are members of an interdisciplinary research community that includes the seven faculties in Bonn. In 2020, a total of 6,235 young researchers did their doctorate at the University of Bonn. Another 632 doctoral students were able to successfully complete their doctorate.

Doctoral degrees according to PhD statistics 2020:

  • Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: 226
  • Faculty of Medicine: 226
  • Faculty of Arts: 70
  • Faculty of Law and Economice: 53
  • Faculty of Agriculture: 51
  • Faculty of Protestant Theology: 3
  • Faculty of Catholic Theology: 3

6.235

Ongoing doctorates

632

Completed doctorates

52,9%

Female doctoral students

Where do our doctoral students come from?

The University of Bonn has an international body of doctoral students: the proportion of doctoral students with foreign citizenship is 24.1 percent. More than 25 percent of all young researchers are already doing their doctorate within the framework of a structured program.

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24,1%

International doctoral students

12

Bonn International Graduate Schools

25,6%

In a structured program

Why is which data collected?

As a result of the amendment to the University Statistics Act of March 6, 2016 (HStatG), the University of Bonn is obliged to collect data from its doctoral candidates. These include, for example, the type and duration of the doctorate as well as the doctoral subject. Further information about the HStatG and the data collected by the university can be found here (in German).

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In order to further improve the data situation, we will introduce a central recording system in the future. Until this system is in place, you can support us by filling out our questionnaire and sending it to your doctoral office.

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Miriam Ersch-Arnolds

PhD Statistics

+49 228 73-60186

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Angelia Gaspardo

PhD Data Management

+49 228 73-60077

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Facts and Figures

Other exciting facts and figures about the university, such as the number of professors or the total area of our campus.

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First steps towards a doctorate

Each faculty determines its own doctoral regulations. Here you will find information about the formal requirements of your faculty and the first steps towards a doctorate.

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