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To enrol in the graduate school, students are normally required to hold a Master degree in Biology, Chemistry, or related subjects. However, outstanding students of the Master courses at the Konstanz Departments of Biology and Chemistry are able to apply to embark on the doctoral thesis in the graduate school without performing a Master Thesis via the Konstanz Fast Track system.

To enter the Fast Track system, students must have an excellent study record and a proven interest into Chemical Biology. In addition, and most importantly, the topic of the doctoral project must be clearly related to the priority topics of the graduate school.

After the first six months, the respective doctoral students have to hand in their six months proposal according to the "General conditions" of the graduate school. Together with an oral defence, the proposal will be graded by the respective Thesis Committee and can be accredited as Master thesis.


FAQ Konstanz Fast Track

How do I receive my master's certificate after submitting my 6 months proposal?

To receive you master degree certificate you need to send your 6 months proposal not only to the KoRS-CB office (as a PDF), but also threefold in paper to the departmental secretary (Fachbereichssekretariat). Afterwards the examination office can issue the certificate.

Can I enter the Fast Track system without studying at the University of Konstanz?

Yes and no. It is possible to have a bachelor degree from another university and start your master degree at the University of Konstanz. However it is not possible to have another master degree and join our graduate school via Konstanz Fast Track.

What are the general conditions to enter the Fast Track system in the Department of Biology?

Please browse through the official general doctoral regulations of the University of Konstanz (departmental-specific regulations of the department of Biology: page 30 ff.) for more information.

In summary: Bachelor degree graded with 1.8 or higher according to the German grading system + completion of a master degree at the University of Konstanz except for the master's thesis graded with 1.3 or higher.

What are the general conditions to enter the Fast Track system in the Department of Chemistry?

Please browse through the official general doctoral regulations of the University of Konstanz (departmental-specific regulations of the department of Chemistry: page 27 ff.) for more information.

In summary: Bachelor degree graded with 1.8 or higher according to the German grading system + completion of a master degree at the University of Konstanz except for the master's thesis graded with 1.3 or higher.

What are the general conditions to enter the Fast Track system in the Department of Computer and Information Science?

Please browse through the official general doctoral regulations of the University of Konstanz (departmental-specific regulations of the department of Computer and Information Science: page 22 ff.) for more information.

In summary: Bachelor degree graded with "very good" or higher according to the German grading system, at least 180 ECTS + completion of a piece of graded work of the amount of 60 ECTS within the framework of a master degree/postgraduate programme graded with "very good".

Whom should I contact to see if I am eligible?

Your supervisor may contact the departmental administrators to see if your eligible for a Fast Track PhD: