promotion_voraussetzungen

Requirements for admission to a doctorate

 

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

Conditions

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.