Application Process

The Film University offers an academic doctorate in the Media Studies program of Faculty I. Graduates are awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.). It is also possible to complete a scientific-artistic doctorate in the subjects of screenwriting/dramaturgy, film cultural heritage and film and television production with the degree Dr. phil in art.

The doctorate requires a dissertation with defense and proof of special academic qualifications. For the scientific-artistic doctorate, an artistic research project must also be completed.

The dissertation can be written in German or English.

Please read all information and documents in advance!

Do not approach potential supervisors until you have a completed exposé of the doctoral procedure (note suitability of supervisors and dissertation topic)!

Only complete application documents can be accepted!

Requirements for acceptance as a doctoral candidate

Prerequisites for acceptance as a doctoral candidate are a relevant Master's degree and confirmation that no other doctoral procedure is in progress at another university. Exceptions require expert opinions from representatives of media or communication sciences or cooperative procedures with graduates of universities of applied sciences.


Required application documents

  1. a written application
  2. proof of qualifications
  3. an exposé, descriptions of work objectives
  4. curriculum vitae
  5. documentation of the work
  6. written confirmation from supervisors (Supervision can be provided by various academic or academic-artistic persons, including professors, junior professors, honorary professors and others. A written supervision agreement is required).

Application deadlines

The application deadlines are January 15 and June 15.

Acceptance is usually for 3 years and a one-time extension of up to 3 years after examination. Enrolment is voluntary at the beginning of a semester and can be extended for up to 3 years, depending on requirements and professional activity.

Applications should be addressed to Dr. Julia Scho.

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