RWTH Aachen University Fast-Track/Doctoral Program, Germany

Publish Date: Jul 15, 2016

Deadline: Sep 15, 2016

About program

Fast-track students, who entered the AICES program with a Bachelor’s degree, have the opportunity to continue to the doctoral phase of our program after successfully completing the Master’s program. Alternatively, students who have obtained a Master’s degree (or equivalent) outside the fast-track program may be admitted directly to the doctoral phase.

The doctoral candidate defines the thesis topic with the assistance of the junior advisor, who is the candidate’s primary research advisor. At the end of each year, the doctoral candidate must summarize his or her progress in an oral presentation.

Research projects leading to a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat. or Dr.-Ing.) are currently offered in the following topics: automatic differentiation, bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, computational fluid dynamics, computational solid mechanics, electrical engineering, energy systems, computational geoscience, global optimization, high-performance computing, inverse problems, materials science, model identification, multiscale modeling and simulations, numerical linear algebra, numerical methods for PDEs, optimal control and design, and process systems engineering.

Each semester the Graduate School organizes a series of lectures, which bring together experts from around the world to present their current research activities on Computational Engineering Science. Moreover, the “EU Regional School in Computational Engineering Science” is held for graduate students from German, Belgian, and Dutch universities and presents one- and two-day introductions to various aspects of computational science. In addition, AICES cooperates with the Centre for Doctoral Studies, which provides soft-skill training as well as many other student services.

 Applications from Master´s or Diplom degree holders applying for the PhD program are accepted continuously. There is no application deadline.


The AICES doctoral program is open to a limited number of extremely well qualified students with a substantial background in Computational Engineering Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, or Geosciences. They moreover need to prove very good English skills.

Required documents

  • CV,
  • Reports, certificates,
  • Transcripts,
  • Letter of motivation,
  • Others : Application form, TOEFL/ IELTS (or equivalent), recommendation letter forms.

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