FAQ – Frequently asked questions


How can I apply?
We accept applications ONLY via the online application portal when the application period is open. Please read about the application procedure here.
After an initial selection
based on academic qualifications and scientific background, the motivation letter and the recommendation letters, the research school invites the most promising candidates to come to Dortmund for an onsite-interview (2-3 days). Invited candidates will be interviewed by a panel of faculty members, after which, they will meet individually the groups that were indicated as preferred in the online application. Moreover, there will be also the chance to meet our current students to learn more about our program and the ongoing research.
Accepted candidates will be notified the week following the interviews.

Must my MSc degree be completed at the time I submit my application?
You don't need your MSc degree certificate at the time of application, we only require your latest transcript. However, you must have completed your studies and have received your MSc degree by the time you start your PhD studies at our institutes.

I have a Bachelor degree instead of a MSc degree, can I apply?
The BSc fast track program gives a limited number of outstanding applicants with a Bachelor degree the opportunity to directly enter the doctoral program. Read more about this option here.

What is a GRE General Test score?
The Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills. Here you can find further information about performing the GRE General Test in your country.

Do I need to submit a General GRE Test score?
General GRE tests are not mandatory but are recommended especially for those applicant from countries not in the European Higher Education Area.

Why do we recommend GRE scores?
Within the European Higher Education Area, the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) allows us to compare different degrees easily. For candidates that studied in countries, that do you comply to the ECTS system, GRE scores would help us in the initial selection process.

How do I handle visa formalities?
Invited or accepted candidates will receive an official invitation letter and a cover letter for the German embassy. This letter must be submitted to the German embassy or a German consulate in your home country together with your visa application. Issuing a visa may take anything from a few days to two months, depending on your country of origin and your circumstances. In case problems arise, the IMPRS coordinator office will provide assistance. Visas for doctoral studies are originally issued for a period of three months after which they will be converted into a temporary residence permit.

Are the lectures in English or in German?
The language of all lectures at the IMPRS-CMB is English.

What are the estimated living costs in Dortmund?
The estimated costs of living in Dortmund are about 900 – 1000 Euro per month for a single person (living expenses, rent and health insurance).