PhD Programme ISOS

The PhD programme of the Integrated School of Ocean Sciences (ISOS) focuses on interdisciplinary education outside of curricular courses. It offers supplementary training, a framework of supervision, mentoring and mobility for doctoral candidates. At the ISOS, doctoral candidates sharpen their scientific profile, are challenged to think beyond their discipline and to equip themselves for life after a PhD. About 150 PhD candidates from six faculties participate in the PhD programme, forming a large interdisciplinary network.



Doctoral Candidates in any discipline of marine sciences in Kiel can take part in our PhD programme.

Note: As an ISOS PhD you remain anchored in your faculty for all formal regulations. (click here for more information on doctoral degree regulations)


As an ISOS PhD candidate you will be supervised by an advisory committee consisting of your primary advisor, a second advisor and optionally an additional advisor or mentor from within or outside the University. Your primary advisor has to be a person with the faculty permission to advise doctoral candidates. This committee will guide you through your doctoral studies, and support your academic and personal goals.
Download the guidelines for the ISOS PhD Advisory Committee Meetings.


At the ISOS you can choose from a wide range of academic courses, transferable skill workshops, and apply for travel and “Miniproposal” funding. Our expectation is that ISOS PhD candidates gain a comprehensive view of marine science research in Kiel, including legal and economic issues and applied sciences. You will be challenged to identify and pursue your goals, and are expected to leave the programme with a head start on your career.