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12. PhD Options

Will this program allow me to continue my studies in a doctoral degree?

Yes, you can continue to a PhD program at any university in Germany or abroad after finishing the M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology.

In order to continue with a PhD in Germany after the M.A. program, you must first find a professor at a German university who will accept you as his or her PhD candidate (depending on your field of interest / your research idea and proposal and the capacities of the professor at the moment you are applying). Most German universities await an excellent final M.A. grade before accepting you as a PhD student. Prof. Undine Frömming and all professors employed at our university are allowed to supervise PhD candidates.  Most professors accept only a few PhD students per year and few professors are specialized in Visual and Media Anthropology.

Our institute does not offer any PhD Programs at the moment, only individual supervision. This type of PhD means you will write your thesis alone and conduct fieldwork alone, but under the supervision of your professor (monthly meetings at the office hour and one online colloquium). You can even stay in your home country and participate in the online colloquium and arrange Skype meetings with Prof. Frömming. The advantage of this type of PhD is that this supervision is at the moment free from any tuition fees (difficult to find at any other university in other countries). Your only fee is the student fees of the Freie Universität Berlin.

If you prefer a PhD program with weekly classes etc., you should apply to another university or to one of our partner programs, e.g. Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies http://www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de/en/index.html.