Admission to a doctoral programme with a bachelor's degree or Diplom (FH)
Under certain conditions, exceptionally qualified graduates with a bachelor's degree or a Diplom (FH) may be admitted to a doctoral programme at a university or higher education institution with equivalent status. For the purposes of admission to doctoral programmes, bachelor's degrees from universities and universities of applied sciences are considered equivalent to Diplom degrees from universities of applied sciences.
What is deemed to be "exceptionally qualified" is defined by the individual university in its doctoral regulations. Often this means a very good degree or equivalent criteria, for example the applicant being among the top graduates in her or his subject. Graduates with a bachelor's degree or Diplom (FH) are usually also required to pass an aptitude assessment.