That’s how many people do a doctorate at German universities

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Around 200,300 scientists worked on a doctoral thesis at German universities last year.

Overall, more than one in four was aiming for a doctorate in the subject group of human medicine or health sciences.

Four out of five doctoral students (78 percent) in the engineering sciences subject group were men. In the arts, there were more women (67 percent).

Around 200,300 scientists worked on a doctoral thesis at German universities last year. That was four percent more than 2020, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on Tuesday in Wiesbaden. The proportion of women was 48 percent (2020: 47 percent).

According to the data, the doctoral students were on average 30.2 years old. The proportion of foreign doctoral students was 23 percent. According to the information, around 18 percent were registered as doctoral students at a German university for the first time, i.e. they had started their doctorate in 2021.

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There were differences in gender distribution

Overall, more than one in four – 26 percent – ​​aimed for a doctorate in the subject group human medicine/health sciences, 23 percent in the subject group mathematics and natural sciences. It was followed by engineering with 18 percent.

There were sometimes clear differences in gender distribution: around four out of five doctoral students (78 percent) in the engineering sciences subject group were men, while two out of three doctoral students (67 percent) in the art/arts subject group were women.

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