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Doctoral Studies

Structured Doctoral Program

In addition to individual supervision, all research and teaching areas of the Department of Business and Economics offer a structured doctoral program. The structured doctoral program supports doctoral students in developing independent scientific work and lays the foundation for the start of an academic career. This helps to ensure that docorates can be completed within an adequate time frame and includes participation in the academic discussion and publication process.

The statutes of the structured doctoral program provide further information (document in German). The doctorate is divided into writing the dissertation, the structured doctoral study program and - as a final examination - the disputation. In addition to the conditions of the doctoral regulations in their current version, the prerequisite for a doctorate at the department is the confirmation of supervision by one of the department's professors.

Good Research Practice Guidelines for Avoiding Conflicts of Interest by the DFG

TU Dortmund University is committed to upholding the principles of good research practice. Good research practice is strongly based in the fact that researchers continuously check their methods and the results of their own scientific work for correctness. The principles also include that every researcher is honest with themselves as well as with the scientific and non-scientific community in all aspects of scientific work.

Doctoral candidates declare that they are aware of and follow the current version of the guidelines for good scientific practice at TU Dortmund University when they apply for admission.

Closely related to the rules of good research practice is the handling of questions of bias and conflicts of interest, especially regarding how doctoral committees are composed. Therefore, before submitting your dissertation, please check your suggested examination committee against the DFG's bias criteria. If potential committee members are found to be biased or have a conflict of interest, new members must be proposed. By submitting the proposal, you declare that an appropriate review has been carried out and that the proposed members are not to be considered biased or as having a conflict of interest.

Publication of the Dissertation

In addition to the requirements of the doctoral regulations for the publication of the dissertation thesis, there is also a publication support service from the University Library. There you will find detailed instructions for submitting the dissertation to the University Library and for electronic publication.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.


The departments of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Streetnavigation from and to TU Dortmund University:

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine

The document and the graphic represent the motorways and federal highways around the TU Dortmund University in a very simplified way:

Environment map (PDF)

Environment map (graphic)

This interactive map helps you find and navigate between facilities and buildings on campus:

Interactive campus map

This document contains a simple campus map in German and English:

Campus map (PDF)