Doctorate (PhD)

A doctorate is the research-based, in-depth continuation of or addition to a completed degree with the aim of making an original contribution to research. A doctorate is based on the independent production of a piece of academic work (doctoral thesis) and a viva (disputation). Successfully completing a doctorate and publishing the thesis leads to the award of a doctoral degree. Every year, some 50 doctoral candidates gain their doctorates in the department.

Restrictions due to the Coronavirus-pandemic

All documents (application documents, opening documents, dissertation statement, etc.) are required in electronic form, as processing takes place in the home office. In addition, please send us the original documents by (house) post or drop them in the dean's office letterbox in building S3|21. Documents cannot be accepted in person.

The electronic receipt of applications is decisive for receipt deadlines.

Important: Due to the need to minimise attendance times in the dean's offices, printed copies of the dissertations will not be sent to the examination boards. For applications for the opening of the doctoral procedure (= submission of the dissertation), we therefore only require one printed copy of the dissertation.

You will find the concrete, formal requirements for admission to a doctorate in § 7 of the General Doctoral Regulations. The following table provides an overview of the main points:

Academic degree in a relevant, research-related subject Requirements
Degree at a German university The formal requirement is a Master’s, Diploma, or equivalent academic degree in a relevant, research-related subject.
Degree at a university abroad The formal requirement is a Master’s, Diploma, or equivalent academic degree in a relevant, research-related subject.

The university’s Dezernat VIII – Internationales and the Doctoral Admissions Committee must confirm in advance that the degree is equivalent to a degree taken at a German university.
Degree at a Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) For further information contact the Head of Research Management


According to §7(6) of General Doctoral Regulations, the Doctoral Admissions Committee can attach conditions to accepting graduates which must be fulfilled. These conditions are designed to ensure that the candidate is able to conduct academic work and may involve, in particular, proof of successfully participating in taught courses and passing certain examinations.

Conditions may especially be imposed if a degree has been taken in a different subject, at a university abroad or at a university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule). The nature of those conditions as well as their extent, depend on each individual case. For further information and to ask questions, please contact the Head of Research Management.

In principle, post-graduates with a degree in another subject can be accepted as doctoral candidates if this is in the interest of interdisciplinary research and the candidates have the necessary expertise in the area covered by the doctoral thesis.

You are strongly recommended to have your status as a doctoral candidate recognised.

If all the requirements are met, the Doctoral Admissions Committee in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (etit) will admit candidates to a doctoral degree. The admissions procedure for completing a doctoral degree in the department is as follows:

1. Choice of supervisor

Choose a supervisor (full-time professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology) for your doctorate. Discuss content issues as well as the chances of applying for a position as a research associate with this prospective supervisor in advance. The supervision by persons according to §11 (2) of the Doctoral Regulations is possible in justified cases.

2. Applying for admission as a doctoral candidate

In order to be admitted as a doctoral candidate you must officially apply to the Departmental Dean’s Office.

To do so, please submit the following documents:

Degree at TU Darmstadt
  • Diploma/Master’s degree certificate (copy)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (copy)
Degree at a German university
  • Diploma/Master’s degree certificate (certified copy)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (certified copy)
Degree at a university abroad
  • Diploma/Master’s degree certificate (certified copy)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate (certified copy)
  • Translation of Diploma/Master’s degree certificate (if not in English)
  • Translation of Bachelor’s degree certificate (if not in English)
  • Calculation of equivalency of final grade

Uncertified copies can be accepted if the originals are presented.

Please send your application for admission to a doctoral degree, including all the additional documents, to the Dean's Office no later than two weeks prior to the meeting of the Doctoral Admissions Committee. Only complete applications can be considered.

Based on your submission, the Departmental Doctoral Admissions Committee will make a decision on your application, including any conditions to be imposed. You and your supervisor will be informed about the decision by the Dean's Office.

3. Optional: Enrolment as a doctoral student

Enrolment as a doctoral student is not obligatory. It is possible to acquire the qualification without being enrolled.

On this point, please take note of all the necessary information to be found on TU Darmstadt’s main site.

To initiate the doctoral examination procedure please send the documents listed below to the Dean’s Departmental Office. Your documents must be submitted to the Departmental Office no later than two weeks prior to the meeting of the Doctoral Admissions Committee. Only complete applications can be considered.


Document Explanations and information
Five bound copies of your thesis
(in case of three reviewers: six copies)
The thesis must include:

Please do not use ring binding.

In addition to your thesis

Document Explanations and information
Application to initiate the doctoral examination procedure Please fill in document electronically
Declarations according to General Doctoral Regulations
Title template customised to your thesis
Academic career When publishing your thesis with the ULB, the summary of your academic career can be omitted
Receipt for doctoral fees €100 to be transferred to:
Technische Universität Darmstadt,
IBAN: DE36 5085 0150 0000 7043 00
BLZ: 508 501 50 (Sparkasse Darmstadt)
Purpose: Department 18 – Promotionsgebühren
Summary of thesis Summary in English and German
Thesis in PDF format By e-mail to
Contact details of co-reviewers Complete address, e-mail and exact academic titles

Based on your application, the Departmental Doctoral Admissions Committee will decide on the composition of the Examination Board. The Dean’s Office will inform you about the decision.

Submissions required after succesfully passing your viva

To the Dean’s Office:

  • Confirmation from the department's Kittler Student Center that no (more) literature has been borrowed there
  • Declaration Relating to the Doctoral Thesis and Transfer of Rights
  • For the purpose of a clear reference to your publication, we ask that you enter the requested version details based on the date of the release for publication granted by your supervisor as well as your surname and given name.
    Please use the following format: YYYY-MM-DD_Surname_Given Name
    The filename of your electronic publication must be identical to the version details.
  • Confirmation from ULB that your thesis has been deposited (will be submitted to the Dean's Office by ULB)

To the ULB:


  • Six copies if your thesis has been published by a publishing house

Please note that according to §21 (1) of TU Darmstadt’s General Doctoral Degree Regulations, you are only permitted to carry the doctoral degree once you have received your doctoral certificate. According to §20 (1) the publication has to take place within one year after the oral exam.

Meeting of the Doctoral Admissions Committee Submission of
• Application for admission as a doctoral candidate
• Application to initiate the doctoral examination procedure no later than
30.03.2021 16.03.2021
25.05.2021 11.05.2021
13.07.2021 29.06.2021
28.09.2021 14.09.2021
02.11.2021 19.10.2021

Doctoral Degree Examinations

Please note the current information about disputations via video-conference.

You can use our registration form to observe a public video-disputation.

Below you will find all upcoming Dates for disputations at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.

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According to § 12 Para. 3 of the General Doctoral Degree Regulations, dissertations and reviews are available for inspection for two weeks in the Dean's Office. To make an appointment for inspection, please contact the contact person for doctoral matters.

Upcoming Disputations

In order to establish a uniform procedure at the Department of Etit, the department management would like to draw your attention to the decision of the Presidential Board to allow videoconferencing as a substitute for oral examinations or disputations if the following general conditions are met:

  • All participants agree to this form of examination. The examinee must agree to take an mP via videoconference and data must be sent by e-mail.
  • There is no legal entitlement to take a digitally supported examination.
  • The video conference is organised and administered by the examiner.
  • Participants in the conference are: Examinee, all examiners, if applicable assessors, minute taker, if applicable public participants (muted).
  • When conducting a video conference for the purpose of an examination (mP in studies or disputation), the identity of the examinee can be established by video image and showing the official identification document and the student ID.
  • The examinee must give an oral assurance that he/she is alone in the room and has no unauthorised aids at his/her disposal.
  • Purely telephone examination conferences are not possible.
  • In the event that the examination has to be cancelled for technical reasons, the examination is deemed not to have been taken. This is determined by the examiner or the chairperson of the examination board.
  • Examination protocol: An examination protocol is to be drawn up according to the usual rules. Video recording is not permitted.
  • The discussion of the grade takes place without the examinee.
  • The explanation of the examination evaluation/announcement of the grade to the examinee takes place orally in the video conference.
  • In case of failing the mP in B.Sc. and M.Sc. examinations, the examinee confirms orally in the conference that the assessment was explained to him/her.
  • The protocol can either be shown in the video conference or announced by e-mail.

Note on the public aspect of disputations:

Disputations remain open to the public. Persons interested in passively participating as guests are requested to register using the form below and to agree to the corresponding guidelines and data protection regulations. The chair of the respective examination committee is responsible for the proper conduct of the disputation.

The following general conditions apply for public participation:

  • Participation by guests is exclusively passive via mute connection.
  • Recordings of the examination (image, sound, etc.) are forbidden.
  • Guests are prohibited from disclosing the dial-in data for the video conference to third parties.
  • The instructions of the chairperson of the examination board must be followed.