At Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, a doctorate is possible in cooperation with a German or international university. Currently, about 20 doctoral students are supervised in the three faculties of Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.

The requirements depend on the doctoral regulations of the cooperating university.

The Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act provides that professors from universities of applied sciences can be appointed as supervisors and examiners. (HIG, Art. 97, Para. 1)


Pathways to a doctorate

The prerequisite for beginning a doctorate is usually an above-average Master's degree. A diploma degree entitles you to a doctorate under certain conditions. You can find out whether you meet the formal requirements for starting a doctoral programme in the doctoral regulations of the respective university at which you want to do your doctorate. In principle, there are the following possibilities for financing a doctorate:

  • Employment at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences (e.g. in a third-party funded project)
  • Employment at the cooperating university
  • Financing on the basis of another professional activity
  • Financing through a scholarship

Your supervisor will help you find a cooperating university. In addition to German universities, you can also complete your doctorate at a foreign university. For example, five of our doctoral students are currently enrolled in a doctoral programme at the Spanish Universitat Politècnica de València, with which we cooperate closely in this area.

BayWiss Collaborative Doctorate

The Bavarian Science Forum (BayWISS), a cooperation platform of all 30 universities of applied sciences and universities in Bavaria, has established eleven topic-specific doctoral programmes. In these colleges, professors from universities of applied sciences and universities jointly supervise doctorates and are intended to improve the doctoral conditions for young researchers through their structured nature, plannability and transparency. Further information can be found on the BayWISS website:
Ansbach University of Applied Sciences is a member of the following joint colleges:

Individual support and mentoring by the supervising professor:

During the doctoral phase, the supervisor at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences accompanies the doctoral student to the best of his/her knowledge and belief. This is recorded in writing in a supervision agreement.
Events at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences:
Workshops for doctoral students

Workshops for our doctoral students take place at regular intervals, either online or in person. The following workshops have been offered so far:

  • Exposé workshop
  • Writing scientific publications
  • Publishing in scientific journals
  • Spread your Science!
  • Professional and successful writing of research proposals

Regular writing group for doctoral students

In the fortnightly hybrid meetings, doctoral students have the opportunity to work on their dissertation in joint writing sessions. In addition, they have the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to
Seminar for doctoral students:

The doctoral students' seminar at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences offers young researchers the opportunity to gain insights into current and interdisciplinary research projects of all faculties. In this context, the doctoral students present their studies to an academic audience. The seminar focuses on the discussion of the research question of the respective doctoral project (generation of hypotheses), quantitative and qualitative research methods, the development and implementation of research designs, as well as the interpretation of the results obtained from the studies conducted. Regardless of the progress of the respective dissertation, the event is explicitly aimed at all doctoral students (guest lectures outside Ansbach University of Applied Sciences are also welcome). In this way, scientific contacts can be profitably established. The resulting exchange of ideas and experiences is intended to support the doctoral students on their way to a doctorate and ultimately advance their research projects.  The event usually takes place twice per semester.
Please contact Prof. Barbara Hedderich if you have any questions about the organisation and running of the doctoral students' seminar.
Young researchers' conference

In cooperation with the Universitat Politècnica de València, a scientific conference is held every year at which our doctoral students can present their research results to an interested audience. More information on the annual junior researcher conference "Business meets Technology" can be found here.



Ansbach University of Applied Sciences congratulates

Bastian Seifert is a newly minted Doctor of Mathematics. The former research assistant at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences completed his doctorate last Thursday at the Julius-Maximilians University in Würzburg and, ultimately a year after submitting it, completed his doctorate.

The long waiting time is a result of the unexpected Corona pandemic, but this did not affect the grade at all. The doctoral thesis, which was written while he was working at Ansbach University and revolved around an abstract algebraic treatment of signal processing concepts, was awarded the outstanding grade of 1.0.

Seifert, who worked on interdisciplinary projects as a staff member at the "Centre for Signal Analysis of Complex Systems" (CCS) at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences and contributed a wide range of publications, will in future conduct research in the field of algebraic signal processing at ETH Zurich. He has already been working there as a "postdoc" since September 2019.


Successfully graduated!


Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marion Händel (Faculty of Media), Nick Naujoks-Schober from the Chair of Educational Psychology and Excellence Research at FAU successfully completed his doctorate on the topic of "Learning strategies for coping with the challenges of studying". In his cumulative dissertation, Mr. Naujoks-Schober conducted longitudinal studies on use, influencing factors and potentials and published internationally in peer-reviewed journals. Congratulations on the "summa cum laude" and good luck with further (joint) research!

Links to the journal articles of the cumulative dissertation:



Eva Didion – Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt ANboard

Eva Didion

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt ANboard

0174 3173909 Retti 037 nach Vereinbarung vCard

Eva Didion

Eva Didion – Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt ANboard

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt ANboard


Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin im Projekt ANboard