Cooperative doctorates at HFU

Furtwangen University offers its students the option of continuous academic progression from a Bachelor's degree, through a Master's, right up to a doctoral degree.

Many HFU master's graduates have already continued on an academic career by doing a PhD and becoming professors.

Although Furtwangen University is not currently authorized to award doctoral degrees, German university regulations allow HFU to participate in cooperative doctorate schemes. Supervision is carried out by a Furtwangen University professor, while the doctoral thesis is submitted to one of our cooperation partners. HFU has doctoral cooperations both in Germany, with a graduate school of the University of Freiburg, and abroad through the PhD programmes of the University of Plymouth (GB) and the universities of Linz (A) and Mulhouse (F).

HFU is one of the strongest universities of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg in the area of research. Many of our professors are involved in a wide range of research projects across our fields of interest, supported by young scientists who are working towards their PhDs. There are currently approximately 40 doctoral candidates at HFU, carrying out research in such areas as microstructures, production engineering, computer science, IT security and processes of social change.

The HFU Graduate School

The HFU Graduate School is a centralized academic facility within the university whose overall objective is  to ensure that our PhD candidates, who are doing doctorates in cooperation with authorized domestic and foreign institutions, can fulfill their potential. The Graduate School offers various types of support to improve the postgraduate student experience.

Aluminiumoxide sample with traces of einkorn scoring (enlarged confocal-microscopic view) from the doctoral thesis, "Ultrasound-supported grinding of microstructured surfaces in brittle materials" (c) Photograph: Bernd Müller.