Gaining your doctoral degree with SimTech

A doctorate is proof of aptitude for scientific work and forms the basis of an academic career and, increasingly, a career in business. Here you will find links and information on administrative issues concerning doctoral studies at SC SimTech.

The Center for Simulation Science does award the following academic degrees:

  • Dr.-Ingenieur/Dr.-Ingenieurin (Dr.-Ing.)
  • Doktor/Doktorin der Naturwissenschaften (Dr. rer. nat.)
  • Doktor/Doktorin der Philosophie (Dr. phil.)
  • Doktor/Doktorin der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften (Dr. rer. pol.)

All regulations are based on the Doctoral Degree Regulations of the University of Stuttgart.

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For further details please have a look at the guidelines of your faculty as well as at the guidelines for Conducting Doctoral Research at the SC SimTech (and if necessary at the guidelines for writing cumulative publication).

In addition to appropriate academic qualifications, a doctorate requires a high degree of independence, motivation, and interest in scientific work. Furthermore, you must fulfill the formal admission requirements of the University of Stuttgart.

If you have a foreign degree, it will be checked when you submit your documents ‐ this may take some time. If your field of study does not include the disciplines related to the topic of your dissertation, additional seminars, etc. may be imposed on you which you must fulfill within a certain period of time.

If you do your PhD at SC SimTech, your (main) supervisor must be member of SC SimTech and you usually do your PhD together with another faculty. Note that doctoral researchers at GS SimTech are advised by at least two members of SC SimTech.

The current Doctoral Degree Regulations of 2019 came into effect on April 1, 2019. If you started your doctorate before April 1, 2019, you can continue to do your doctorate according to the Doctoral Degree Regulations of 2016 and according to the Doctoral Degree Regulations of 2011. However, please note that transitional provisions must be observed here (cf. §21 of the doctoral degree regulations of 2019). Further information about the current doctoral degree regulations can be found here.

Transition to the current Doctoral Degree Regulations

If you are doing your doctorate according to older doctoral degree regulations, you also have the option of switching to the current Doctoral Degree Regulations of 2019. To do so, you must submit an application to the dean's office of your faculty. If necessary, you can obtain information from the Graduate Academy GRADUS.

Together with your supervisor, you will draw up an agreement on doctoral studies. In this agreement, you agree on certain rules during the doctoral process, e.g. on the work and time schedule (which also includes the individual qualification program stipulated in the doctoral degree regulations, which must include at least 9 credit points).

Upon conclusion of the doctoral agreement, you are obliged to register via the CAMPUS Management System of the University of Stuttgart.

More detailed instructions can be found at GRADUS.

The doctoral agreement should take into account the qualification program specified by the GS SimTech (in total at least 9 ECTS):

  • subject‐specific courses (at least 6 credit points)
  • at least one course in the field of key qualifications (e.g. from the GRADUS program)
  • at least three offers from GS SimTech

When applying for acceptance as a doctoral student, please indicate "SC SimTech" in addition to your faculty ‐ this means that you will be doing your PhD at both your faculty and SimTech. Please also note that your faculty may have specific regulations on certain topics! 

Do not forget to indicate a co‐advisor ‐ this means another SimTech advisor who will assist you during the PhD and especially during the milestone presentation.

In addition to being accepted as a PhD student, you should also apply for admission to the GS SimTech. For this purpose, please fill in the application for admission to the GS SimTech, in which you acknowledge the additional rules of the GS SimTech.

As soon as the Coordination of the GS SimTech has received your doctoral file, the doctoral committee will review your documents. After the examination, you will receive a notification of acceptance as a doctoral candidate, if necessary with additional requirements, from the chairperson of the doctoral committee. The doctoral committee will also send a copy of the acceptance notification to GRADUS, where it will be posted to your account.

When you receive the notification of acceptance from the doctoral committee of the SC SimTech, you must enroll as a doctoral student. Though, under certain conditions, you are exempt from this requirement. Please check with GRADUS and/or your supervisor. More information about enrolment can be found here.

Please find the offers by the GS SimTech for your qualification program here: seminars

Besides the qualification program of your doctoral agreement, a Milestone Presentation after about 18 months is a requirement by the GS SimTech. By the time of the Milestone Presentation you should have completed (most of) your qualification program and also taken up one or two offers from GS SimTech.

Please register your Milestone Presentation at the GS coordination, so we can invite SimTech members to your presentation. To enable your supervisors to prepare for your presentation, you should write a 10‐page report about 2 weeks in advance (please also send it to the GS coordination).

The Milestone Presentation consists of a half‐hour presentation as well as an "examination discussion" with your supervisors ‐ a protocol will be kept.

In principle, a cumulative dissertation is possible at SC SimTech. Please have a look at the special guidelines.

In the case of doctoral theses taken together with a faculty, the faculty's rules on the submission of the thesis and admission to the exam apply (please check ‐ there are quite different procedures in place here, as to when you have to submit what to whom)!

In principle, one printed copy of your thesis must be submitted to each reviewer as well as to the Dean's Office of your faculty. In addition please hand in one copy to SimTech), an electronic version of your thesis, the confirmation of the compliance with the SimTech rules, and a list of publications.

Please note on the front page as well as the faculty`s name that you are submitting at SC SimTech! As a doctoral researcher within the GS SimTech, the cover sheet must contain the naming of SimTech: “A thesis submitted to the Faculty xx and the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor xx (xx)”.

Usually you coordinate your examination date with your main and co‐reporters and inform your dean's office about the date. You will also have to take care of the room yourself. Please also inform the coordination of the GS SimTech about your examination date.

The examination follows a 30‐45 minute public talk (mandatory at SimTech).

If you are doing your PhD without the participation of a faculty, then a "Rigorosum", i.e. a general subject examination on a core area of SimTech, is part of your oral examination.

After you have incorporated any changes into your dissertation and it has been approved for printing by your main reviewer, you can publish your thesis.

As a doctoral student within the GS SimTech, the cover sheet must contain the naming of SimTech: "A thesis accepted at the Faculty xx and the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor xx (xx)".

After submitting the deposit copies, the thesis has to be approved by your main examiner and the dean's office/SimTech. Afterwards it will be published and your certificate will also be approved for handover.

Further information about the requirements for publication can be found at the university library.

Regulations, guidelines & forms


This image shows Katharina Fuchs

Katharina Fuchs


Coordinator GS SimTech

[Photo: SimTech/Max Kovalenko]

This image shows Johannes Kästner

Johannes Kästner

Prof. Dr.

Computational Chemistry | Head of GS SimTech

[Photo: SimTech/Max Kovalenko]

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Dirk Pflüger

Prof. Dr. rer. nat.

Scientific Computing | Vice-Head of GS SimTech

[Photo: SimTech/Max Kovalenko]

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