The thematic emphasis of the doctoral program APhil/HistAS are the ancient philosophers, as well as the reception and impact of their works on the Mediterranean and the Arab speaking part of the world. Furthermore, the research objective is also concerned with the various disciplines regarding their development in terms of cultural change.
Central to the doctoral program LAA are the research fields: landscape archaeology and building history. The thematic focus deals with various methods, research strategies and techniques for the modelling and reconstruction of ancient structures and landscapes.
The disciplines Iranian Studies, Turkology, Central Asian Studies and East Asian Art History are the focus of the doctoral program Silk Road. Possible research topics would primarily examine philological phenomena, as well as archaeology and questions from the areas of religious and cultural studies.