The Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology (IALT) offers PhD candidates two options. You can either follow your own path and complete your doctoral thesis on an individual basis, or you can follow the path laid out in the Structured Doctoral Programme in Translatology and Applied Linguistics. The programme offers a curriculum of lectures and seminars parallel to the doctoral thesis. Credit points will be awarded for giving lectures and other contributions.
Structured Doctoral Programme in Translatology and Applied Linguistics
The programme is designed to support the completion of a doctoral thesis in one of the subject areas IALT has in its research and teaching portfolios. It also gives candidates an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in teaching internships.
Generally, it takes three years (six semesters on-campus) to complete the structured doctoral programme. The total workload amounts to 180 credit points.
General admission requirements:
- You have earned a master’s degree in a consecutive study programme (master’s degree after bachelor’s degree), or
- You have earned a degree in a university programme that is relevant to the subject you intend to pursue in your doctoral thesis. The programme must have had a standard period of study of at least 8 semesters, or you have completed the necessary state exam for the programme.
Programme-specific admission requirements:
- You have a topic for your thesis and a letter confirming their supervision from a professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology.
- You have language skills for the language that will be the main subject of your doctoral project. A level of C2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference is required. You do not need to provide proof of language competence, if the language in question is your native language.
- If German is not your native language, you must provide a certificate of German language proficiency according to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference. If German is your native language, you do not need to provide proof of language competence.
You can apply to join the doctoral programme in the winter semester (application deadline June 1) and in the summer semester (application deadline September 1). The Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology’s examination board will consider your application and decide whether or not you will be accepted.
Please fill in the application form (German PDF) and submit the following documents:
- Thesis topic and confirmation of supervision
- Proof of language competence for the language of your intended doctoral project, if the language is not your native language
- Proof of proficiency in German, if German is not your native language
- A proposal of your intended doctoral project. If your project is still in its beginning stages, you can send an outline of your project and a statement detailing why you would like to complete your doctoral thesis at the Institute of Applied Linguistics and Translatology.
- A digitalized copy (PDF format) of your dissertation
- A CV in tabular form
You may submit the documents in German, English, French, Russian or Spanish. Authenticated documents will not be necessary until you have been admitted to the doctoral programme.