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Doctoral Degree

The conferral of a doctorate (German: Promotion) is the acquisition of the doctoral degree at a university in the context of an examination procedure that is determined in combined doctorate regulations within all faculties at TU Berlin. The formal condition for the conferral of a doctorate is an academic degree (diploma, master’s degree, graduate degree, state examination) in the field of the respective doctoral degree. Content conditions are the successful preparation of a research paper (German: Dissertation) and a passed oral exam (PhD defense).

In the case of an obtained university degree not pertained to the field of the doctoral degree, or a university degree obtained in a foreign country, further exams may be required. To be sure to clear all questions on the part of the doctoral candidate and to discuss all requirements ahead of time, the doctorate regulations provide registration of the notice of intent. The faculty decides whether to accept or reject the notice of intent and assesses possible additional exams. Diploma or master degree holders of a university of applied sciences (German: Fachhochschule) have the chance to be accepted, too, in the case of above average grades (in the German grading system at least “good”) and successfully passed assessment tests.

For diploma graduates from universities of applied sciences and for the admission to the conferral of a doctorate with a bachelor’s degree, different regulations apply (please view § 3 (2) and (3) PromO). 

Since April 16, 2008, new doctorate regulations are valid at TU Berlin which have been modified ever since. An abridged reading version of the regulations for the conferral of a doctorate can be found here.

Our newsletter gives information on the first steps of the conferral of a doctorate.

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From Monday, July 22, 2019 until September 30, 2019, no applications for a doctorate according to §§ 3 and 4 PromO as well as applications for the opening of a doctoral procedure (submission of the dissertation) according to §§ 5 and 6 can be accepted.

If you are planning to begin a doctorate and you need consultation, please contact Ms. Orlowsky-Ott (quick access 61588) via the Teambox 

In the case of scheduled matters for ongoing proceedings, certificate delivery and other urgent matters regarding your doctorate, please contact Mr. Gerberding via .

N. N. 

Sekr. MAR 6-4
Marchstr. 23
10587 Berlin


Appointments can be arranged by phone or email.

Substitute employee:

Ina Kubis

Sekr. MAR 6-4
Marchstr. 23
10587 Berlin

Room: MAR 6.033

Phone: +49 (0)30 314-22201
Fax: +49 (0)30 314-24620

Promotion representative of Faculty I

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Wittmann-Englert

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