MAN Truck & Bus

Doctoral Programme

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Join our PhD student programme and play an active part in shaping the future of the transport industry. As a PhD student at MAN, you will have the opportunity to research technical and strategic themes that are of interest to the company. We will apply your results directly to ongoing projects. We can offer you a unique interdisciplinary framework for networking, further development and mutual exchange.

What exactly does the MAN PhD student programme look like? What are the benefits of a PhD in industry? These and other questions are what occupy our PhD students and their managers every day. However, although we can explain a lot, we’d rather let our PhD students speak for themselves.

Your Benefits

  • Technical & leadership knowledge
    Personal support and guidance from MAN’s specialist and doctoral supervisors at the university, subject-specific further training, networking opportunities for PhD students across the entire group.
  • Research & Development
    Securing the innovation and future of our products by networking industry and science.
  • Networking
    Exchange with other MAN PhD students from a variety of specialist areas, building a network at MAN, within the VW Group and across the entire industry.

Facts about the process

The duration of the MAN PhD student programme depends on the relevant research project. Generally, they last three years.

Our PhD students work on their research projects during their postings. Alongside their actual research, they also have the chance to present their own research work to the board at events such as the doctoral colloquiums that take place all year round, providing an opportunity for expert discussion. Networking events such as the regular social evenings are also part of the PhD student programme, creating group-wide networks.

Each PhD student has a specialist supervisor (mentor) within their specialist area. A current PhD student who already has previous experience of the programme is also appointed as a buddy.


Interested students can find out more about vacant doctoral positions via our job portal and other online job portals.

Alongside this, the corresponding positions are also always advertised at the relevant partner university.

You can also apply directly to MAN and/or the universities. Interviews and informal meetings are then held within the company with the relevant specialist department, faculty and HR.


Are you interested in our programme for PhD students, and would you like to find out more? We have compiled the most important questions and answers regarding applying, recruitment and appointment for you.

The benefits of our PhD programme are extremely varied. With us, you not only have the opportunity to conduct theoretical research into future-focused topics, but you can also play an active role in shaping them with an eye to application and practice, from development to end customer, gaining early experience of real industry. What’s more, we can also offer you countless opportunities to create your own networks throughout the VW Group and to pursue your personal and professional development through our PhD student programme.

After successfully completing your doctorate, you can apply for our internally advertised positions. Our PhD students have a good chance of being appointed.

The duration of the MAN PhD student programme depends on the individual duration of the relevant research project. Generally, they last 3 years.

During their doctoral work, PhD students are employed by their universities. That means that they are paid as public sector employees according to the pay grade applicable for their federal state.

Essentially, doctoral or project work is possible in any of our departments. It depends on the future topics in the respective areas that are to be developed through a PhD.

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Do you want to do a doctorate? Then become a PhD student at MAN!

In our job portal you will not only find jobs for direct entry, but also doctoral positions. We look forward to receiving your application!
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