At the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, excellent graduates can do their doctorate in cooperation with national and international universities - applied colleges do not have their own right of doctorate. Currently, around 40 doctoral students are supervised by more than 20 professors from all faculties. Among the doctoral students there are also external students who realize their projects partly supported by a company.
Doctoral students who carry out their doctoral thesis in cooperation with a Bavarian university can become members of one of the thematic research groups of the Bavarian Science Forum (BayWISS). BayWISS is a cooperation platform of all applied colleges and universities in Bavaria, in which 10 topic-specific colleges have been established since 2017 via the Fachforum Verbundpromotion.
DIT currently has a total of four doctoral candidates and is a member of the Collaborative Research Centers for Digitization, Life Sciences and Green Technologies. DIT is a founding member of the Kolleg Life Sciences and Green Technologies.
Those interested in a doctorate have the opportunity to complete a doctorate at the UWS with the degree PhD via DIT. Please read the experience report and inform yourself about the conditions and the procedure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experience report PhD at UWS and DIT:
Susanne Reimann has been doing her doctorate at the University of West of Scotland (UWS) in cooperation with DIT since 2013. In an interview with the Research Training Group, she reports on her experiences with this doctoral programme.
What does the UWS doctoral programme look like and what does it offer to doctoral students?
At the UWS there is the opportunity to do a doctorate full-time within 3 years or - and we are doing this for four Deggendorf doctoral students - to do a doctorate part-time. In our case, the program is called PhD Part Time Distance and runs for a maximum of seven years. You are initially enrolled as M.Phil until you have the so-called Transfer Event after about half the time. You present your current status to a committee and have to prove that you are capable of writing a PhD thesis.
After 12 weeks, 6 months and then annually, each doctoral student must submit a progression report in order to inform the university about the current status of the doctorate. The whole process is very helpful, because one develops step by step and the most important points are documented.
The Innovation & Research Office (IRO) provides administrative support. The IRO team is involved in the entire application process, assists in finding a supervisor and then sends the so-called Offer Letter if you are accepted as a PhD candidate.
In addition, the IRO organises a four-day Research Student Conference every spring in which all PhD students have to participate. In the first year, they publish their abstracts, in the second year they participate with a poster and in the third year with a presentation. This week is also an opportunity to exchange ideas with other doctoral students, meet with your supervisors and attend courses offered during the week.
How can the part-time doctoral programme be reconciled with employment?
For me, the programme works very well. On average, I go to Scotland twice a year, but no more than 5-6 working or holiday days in total. All other meetings with my supervisor are via Skype and usually take place in the evening. There are no other compulsory events. So my work is not affected by the UWS program.
For me it is important to organize the weekends well, as I do most of the promotion on these two days. During the week, after work, I do administrative work or prepare the Progression Report, for example.
What motivated you personally to complete a part-time PhD?
I have been working professionally for eight years now. After just a short time in my first job, it became clear to me that I wanted to develop personally and do something that was only for me and that I only wanted to make an effort for myself. I also wanted to deal with a topic on a larger scale and for a longer period of time. What would fit better than a doctorate? Of course, the idea of perhaps having better career opportunities in the long term and keeping the path open for an academic career also plays a role.
What convinced you about the UWS program?
My Bachelor's degree in International Management was already internationally oriented. I did my Master's in Australia. That's why the cooperative doctorate with a Scottish university suits me so well.
UWS is also a very young university that offers international students great opportunities. With the PhD Part Time Distance Program you don't have any time pressure and you don't have to show up in Scotland every month.
My supervisor at UWS did his doctorate not so long ago and understands my situation very well and supports me very well. We Skype every two months and see each other once or twice a year. The cooperation works without any problems over long distances.
Why did you participate in this programme with DIT?
I already completed my bachelor's degree at THD and then worked for one year as a course assistant for "International Management". So I am a "Deggendorfer Kindl". I heard about the cooperative doctoral opportunity with UWS by e-mail; I knew immediately that the program could be the right one for me and informed myself about further steps.
How was your supervisor selected?
My abstract has been published in Scotland on various
Following its appointment as a Technical University in 2014, a Graduate Centre was established at DIT with the aim of creating a framework for scientific career paths. At the Graduate Centre, excellent graduates who show interest in a doctorate are advised and informed about the path to a doctorate. The Graduate Centre provides doctoral students with knowledge and skills that enable them to complete their doctorate in cooperation with a university and promote their successful completion. Since not only doctoral students are involved in DIT research projects, the offer is directed at all scientific employees and laboratory engineers. This offer is particularly important with regard to good scientific practice and the avoidance of scientific misconduct.
The Graduate Centre supports the entry level and encourages the networking of young scientists with the research community. This includes scientific exchange at conferences and publications in scientific journals. With the Bavarian Journal of Applied Sciences, the DIT has also had its own platform for the publication of scientific articles on applied research topics since 2015.
If you have any further questions, the Graduate Centre will be happy to advise you and provide you with an accompanying qualification programme.
As a rule, a doctorate lasts 4 to 5 years full-time. In principle, a part-time doctorate is possible. However, the duration increases accordingly. You may be interested in an extra-occupational and explicitly application-oriented doctoral programme (Doctor of Business Administration, DBA), which is not currently offered at DIT.
You can find out whether you meet the formal requirements for a doctorate in the doctoral regulations of the respective university or faculty at which you wish to do your doctorate. A diploma degree entitles you to a doctorate under certain conditions. Please refer to the respective doctoral regulations for more information. The cooperation between DIT and the university entitled to a doctorate is handled individually for each doctoral student. Within the framework of doctoral cooperation, special rules apply. The doctoral regulations of the university entitled to award doctorates and its responsible bodies and committees decide on admission to doctoral studies. Please note that foreign universities require that the doctorate be written in the respective official language or English. However, a very good knowledge of English is generally also required for German-language doctorates in cooperation with German universities.
As soon as you have found a supervisor at DIT, he or she will support you in finding a university professor.
Basically, it is advisable to enjoy research and to be motivated to work on a topic intensively over a long period of time. Ideally, you already have experience in scientific work.
In order to recruit a professor at DIT as a supervisor, you should be able to formulate a question and objective that is as clear as possible and which is thematically related to the research priorities of the respective person. Please contact the person directly. The contact data can be found on our homepage. The Graduate Centre can support you in establishing contact.
Your dissertation topic should correspond to your education or qualification and your interest. You should coordinate the topic that claims to close a gap in research with potential supervisors or relevant scientists.
The costs for a promotion vary greatly. If you enrol as a doctoral student at a university, you usually have to pay semester fees. In addition, you will have to pay for specialist literature, software, etc., as well as travel expenses to conferences or meetings with your supervisor.
In principle, DIT does not offer any financing possibilities for doctorates. In externally funded research and development projects, however, doctoral positions are often advertised as well. A position as a research assistant may have to be organised independently of the doctorate. Foundations offer a variety of scholarships.
You are considering a doctorate, but you do not yet know what this means or how to proceed? The best thing to do is to come to the information event "Doctorate - How does it work, is it for me? The event takes place twice a year (once in German and once in English). The dates for these and other events can be found under Events. In addition, you can get individual advice at the Graduate Centre.
DIT's Graduate Centre offers qualifications for young researchers. This offer includes academic competences, methodological competences, publication and presentation competences as well as research project-related competences.
This includes seminars, workshops and exercises on topic identification and exposé, literature research and management, didactics, ethics and data protection.
This area includes seminars on statistics, data analysis and research methods. Exercises on experimental design and construction for engineers and scientists and exercises on qualitative and quantitative methods and interviews for social scientists are offered.
The Deggendorf Scientific Colloquium offers the opportunity to present projects and discuss them together. Furthermore, courses for publishing in scientific journals, English Academic Writing and presentation techniques are offered.
The Graduate Centre offers information and exercises on research funding and doctoral scholarships, as well as workshops for applicants and workshops on project planning and management.