Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Earning a PhD in the Faculty of Biological Sciences

The Q&A in the download files below were updated in July 2019.

Please note: as of 1 July 2019, only the new forms linked below will be accepted.

For your support throughout the various stages of your doctoral studies, you may find both information and the necessary forms in the download section below:

  • The form „Antrag auf Annahme als Doktorand*in“ (“Application for Acceptance as a Doctoral Student“) of our faculty differs from the form provided by the PhD Office (Promotionsbüro). You must use our form, which you may fill out on your computer (see comments below).
  • Since 21 February 2022, the following documents for acceptance as a doctoral student must be submitted:
  1. Two copies of the application form with original signatures
  2. Exposé about your PhD-project with timeline (2 pages)
  3. Bachelor- & Master Certificates with Transcript of records.
  4. Original language and translation (English OR German possible)
  5. Master-thesis as a pdf-file, sent by e-mail
  6. Current CV included with the data of your school career
  • The form „Nachmeldung Zweitbetreuer*in“ (“Follow-up Registration of Co-Supervisor“) needs to be handed in only by doctoral candidates who have submitted their „Antrag auf Annahme als Doktorand*in“ (“Application for Acceptance as a Doctoral Student“) after 1 April 2017 and did not name a Co-Supervisor in their application. Please see item 1.2 of our Q&A (Fragen und Antworten) for further information.
  • The portal enables doctoral candidates to register independently for their doctoral studies. Here you will find instructions on how to register.
  • Graduates of Universities of Applies Sciences and graduates of foreign universities may find important information in the respective files which must be considered before applying for acceptance as a doctoral student.

  • If necessary, please use the additional forms such as „Antrag auf Änderung des Arbeitstitels“ (“Application for Change of Working Title“), „Betreuerwechsel“ (“Application for Change of Supervisor“), or „Antrag auf Genehmigung einer publikationsbasierten Promotion“ („Application for Publication Based Thesis“).

  • The form „Angaben zur Form der Dissertation“ („Thesis Type Specification“) must be submitted with your thesis at the PhD Office (Promotionsbüro).

  • The Merkblatt (faculty leaflet) contains information on binding internal regulations

  • The file „Fragen und Antworten“ (Q&A) will answer most of your remaining questions.

For better legibility, all forms should be filled out electronically. The forms „Antrag auf Annahme als Doktorand*in“ and „Nachmeldung ZweitbetreuerIn“ can be filled out using Adobe Acrobat Reader, PDF-XChange Viewer und Foxit Reader (to name but a few).

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Dean's Office by email or phone. Should you want to come by in person, please make an appointment.

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Further information / registration:


Dean's Office Biological Sciences
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Promotionsbüro der Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fachbereiche

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Promotionsbüro der Math. Nat.-FBe
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