Cooperation Partners

Doctoral Program Options

Through close cooperation and networking with their German and international partner universities, Hochschule Geisenheim University provides an interdisciplinary and inspiring environment for junior scientists and their own research. Our Doctoral students become a part of the scientific community at an early stage and benefit e.g. from the "tandem supervision" of the dissertation by two professors.

Partner Universities

Doctoral Studies with Partner University in Germany (with Cooperation Agreement)

The 1st supervisor is an academic faculty member of Hochschule Geisenheim University entitled to supervise doctoral candidates, and the 2nd supervisor is a professor of one of Hochschule Geisenheim’s partner universities listed below. The dissertation will be written under the responsibility of two supervisors in compliance with the partner university’s doctoral regulations. Both supervisors will automatically act as reviewers during the examination process.

This doctorate requires all relevant paperwork to be processed in close coordination with the partner university. Thus, after approval of the application by the Doctoral Committee of Hochschule Geisenheim, it will be forwarded to the respective partner university. Following approval or rejection, an official notification will be sent to the applicant which may also include further requirements and information.

The doctorate requires a 3rd external reviewer not involved in the project to evaluate the dissertation. One doctoral certificate is issued by both universities stating the joint supervision and bearing both the emblem of Hochschule Geisenheim University and the partner university.

Universities Faculties Doctorate
Goethe-University, Frankfurt Biological Sciences (FB15) Dr. rer. nat.
Goethe-University, Frankfurt Geosciences/ Geography (FB11) Dr. rer. nat.
Justus Liebig University Giessen Biology and Chemistry (FB08) Dr. rer nat.
Justus Liebig University Giessen Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management Dr. rer. nat / Dr. oec. troph.
Philipps-Universität, Marburg Biology (FB 17) Dr. rer. nat.
University of Koblenz-Landau Natural and Environmental Sciences (FB 07) Dr. rer. nat.
Doctoral Platform Geisenheim-Giessen-Marburg

The doctoral platform is committed to promote, facilitate and intensify the collaboration in the areas of research and teaching. Available to all doctoral students of these three member universities, it particularly supports doctoral studies which are jointly supervised by academia of Hochschule Geisenheim University, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen or Philipps-University Marburg. Through an array of  professional development resources encouraging an interdisciplinary environment for young researchers, the platform fosters unique networking opportunities. 

The doctoral platform Geisenheim-Giessen-Marburg supports joint doctoral projects of the participating universities in the following areas:


  • Joint implementation of doctoral procedures with the faculty 08 or 09 of Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (JLU) as well as faculty 17 of Philipps-Universität Marburg (UMR)
  • Rationalisation of the application process
  • Development of synergies in graduate education
  • Networking of young scientists from the participating universities


  • Providing information on university requirements in the doctoral process to doctoral candidates and students
  • Guideline for doctoral studies at the Hochschule Geisenheim University in cooperation with JLU or UMR
French-German Graduate School

The German-French Graduate Schoolwas established in 2018 to strengthen research links and foster internationalization for doctoral students at Hochschule Geisenheim.

Based on their expertise in the area of “Climate Impact Research on Special Crops and their Processing Products“ Hochschule Geisenheim University and Université de Bordeaux together with their associated partner, the Australian Wine Research Institute, have effectively pooled their competencies and synergies as the virtual BAG alliance paving the way for great education of young scientists in this specific area of research.

BAG - Bordeaux-Adelaide-Geisenheim Alliance

Three of the world's leading wine research organizations,

theInstitute of Vine and Wine Sciences (ISVV) (Bordeaux, France),

theAustralian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) (Adelaide, Australia) and the

Hochschule Geisenheim University (HGU) (Geisenheim, Germany),

have formed a new research alliance for wine.
The alliance, (formally referred to as) the BAG alliance  will bring strategic advantages to the wine and wine industry in the three member regions through the exchange of people, projects and information.

The members of the alliance will share infrastructure and expertise across the entire grape and wine value chain.