How do we apply for a doctorate

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requirements

The prerequisite for a doctorate is a) a degree after a relevant university or art college course with a standard study period of at least eight semesters, for which a degree other than bachelor's degree is awarded, or b) a degree after a relevant university course with a standard study time of at least six semesters and Subsequent appropriate studies in the doctoral subjects that prepare for the doctorate, or c) a completion of a master’s degree within the meaning of Section 85, Paragraph 3, Clause 2 of the HG, i.e. a further professional qualification with a standard period of study of at least two semesters.

If the degree was not relevant, the doctoral committee determines appropriate studies in the doctoral subjects in preparation for the doctorate, which must be proven before final admission to the doctoral procedure.

Doctoral Regulations

The right to award doctorates lies with the faculties, which is why they determine the procedure and rules for the doctorate. These rules are legally stipulated in the published doctoral regulations of the respective faculty, which in turn are based on the model doctoral regulations of the university.

All doctoral regulations (including an English version of the sample doctoral regulations) can be found here.

An overview of the doctoral committees of the faculties can be found on this page.

Please note the separate regulations at the medical faculty. All information, as well as FAQs on the old and new doctoral regulations of the medical faculty, can be found on the faculty's website.

Doctoral studies

If the degree is not relevant, the doctoral committee can determine preparatory studies for the doctorate, which must be proven before final admission to the doctoral procedure. With the scientific studies preparing for the doctorate, a level of training should be achieved that corresponds to that of applicants in accordance with Paragraph 1 Sections a) and c). The preparatory scientific studies have a maximum length of four semesters and are determined by the doctoral committee together with the applicant. If there are still preparatory studies to be completed for the doctorate, inclusion in the list of doctoral candidates is subject to change and the supervision agreement of the faculty applies.

matriculation

Enrollment in a doctoral program takes place within the Registration deadline for courses with no admission restrictions. For enrollment in a doctoral program, the certificate required in accordance with the respective doctoral regulations (confirmation from the supervising university professor or confirmation from the doctoral committee) and the completed one must be completed Application for enrollment to submit. All important information such as opening times, registration deadlines, required documents, etc. can be found on this application. Enrollment takes place in the enrollment area of ​​the Essen or Duisburg campus. Please note the information on the Enrollment procedure for free admission courses.