Doctoral Candidates

How to Obtain a Doctoral Degree


Registering a Doctoral Thesis - The Registration Process


The graduate must apply to register his or her doctoral thesis in a timely manner at the faculty at which the doctoral work will be conducted. Each faculty has a committee which is responsible for reviewing thesis applications. It is usually located at the office of the faculty's Deputy Dean for Teaching and Studies (Prodekan für Lehre und Studium). The documentation required (supervisors commitment, thesis topic, work and time plan, transcripts, resume and publications list) is specified in the faculty's regulations regarding the granting of doctoral degrees, which is referred to as Promotionsordnung.

The responsible committee of the faculty decides on the admission and, if necessary, sets admission conditions. The graduate is then notified of his or her admission or rejection as a doctoral candidate.

The legal basis for the decisions of the committee and faculty are ein roter Pfeil the Berlin Law on Higher Education (Berliner Hochschulgesetz, BerlHG), particularly §35, and ein roter Pfeil the Promotionsordnung (regulations for doctoral studies) of the faculty in question.

After registering the doctoral thesis at the faculty, the doctoral candidate must also formally enroll as a PhD student. Doctoral candidates who are also employed at the university must either enroll or register. The ein roter Pfeil Enrollment office for PhD students is responsible for this process.

The application for enrollment or registration must be submitted to the Enrollment office for PhD students no later than four weeks after receiving the admission letter from the faculty.

Enrolled PhD students are required to pay semester tuition fees.

Should the doctoral candidate be employed at the university, it is important to keep in mind that registering the thesis at the faculty, enrolling or registering at the Enrollment office, and being hired as an employee are three separate processes.

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