Taking a doctorate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology


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.

Those studying for a doctorate are referred to as doctoral candidates. In the engineering sciences, doctoral candidates are usually employed as scientific staff assigned to a Chair and are involved in research and teaching. Doctoral candidates are supervised by professors referred to as “Referenten” (examiners).

TU Darmstadt has had the right to award doctorates since 1899. The regulations governing doctoral degrees at TU Darmstadt are contained in the so-called General Doctoral Regulations.

Course of the promotion

Current Professorships Initiating the doctoral examination procedure Admission to a doctoral degree Completing the doctoral examination procedure