The habilitation is a postdoctoral qualification showing ability to lecture and do research at professional level (qualification to do professional teaching and research) To be allowed to habilitate, you must have already earned a doctoral degree and demonstrate a scientific activity after graduation in the field of subject for which the habilitation is aimed at.

After a successful habilitation the degree of a habilitated doctor for the relevant faculty will be awarded. The doctoral degree is given the extension ‚habil‘.



Habilitation requirements

  • Habilitation thesis
  • Scientific presentation followed by a colloquium – the topic of the presentation should be different from the contents of the habilitation thesis
  • Demonstration lecture (lecture with a discourse character) to verify and proof the ability to teach - The topic should be different from the contents of the habilitation thesis


Habilitation procedure

  1. The application for admission to the habilitation procedure has to be submitted to the Promotionsamt. (All other documents that have to be submitted along with the habilitation thesis are mentioned in §4 of the Regulations for the Award of Habilitations.) Your documents will be transferred to the relevant Faculty Board.
  2. After the Faculty Board has decided on the admission to the habilitation procedure and opened it, the reviewers will be appointed by the Faculty Board.
  3. After all the written judgements of the reviewers have been submitted the habilitation thesis as well as the assessments will be displayed in the office of the Dekan of the relevant faculty for a period of 14 days. During this time, any university lecturer or scientist qualified as a university lecturer of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg may inspect the thesis. They have the right to express their written opinion (vote) within 7 days after the end of the display period.
  4. The assessment of the habilitation performance is based on recommendations of the reviewers and submitted votes, as well as the points of view of the members of the habilitation committee.
  5. The Faculty Board convenes the Habilitation Committee and decides on the topic of the presentation and the demonstration lecture.
  6. There is no qualitative assessment of the overall performance. The habilitation procedure is only assessed with either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’.
  7. The habilitation thesis has to be published within a year. The different ways of publishing are described more closely in §13 of the Regulations for the Award of Habilitations.
  8. After the habilitation thesis has been made available to the academic community, the candidate will receive the habilitation certificate and can therefore use the title of a habilitated Doctor. The qualification to do professional teaching is awarded. On application of the postdoctoral candidates an authorization to teach can be conferred.