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The doctorate is considered proof of the ability to do particularly in-depth scientific work and is based on an independently written scientific paper (dissertation) as well as an oral examination (e.g. colloquium).

  • Doctoral Regulations of the Faculty (valid for letters of intent confirmed by the Faculty Council after 4. July 2017 confirmed by the Faculty Council), cf. download
  • Dissertation of Intent (currently no link is available)
  • Handout for the publication-based dissertation (2019) (cf. download)
  • Information on the replacement of the viva (2023) (cf. download)


The habilitation is the recognition of a special qualification for independent research and teaching in a particular subject or field (teaching qualification).

In order to be able to habilitate, one must have acquired the doctoral degree and demonstrate scientific activity after the doctorate in the field for which the habilitation is sought.

After a successful habilitation, the degree of habilitated doctor of the corresponding faculty is awarded. The doctoral degree is given the suffix "habil."

The legal basis for habilitation is the Habilitationsordnung of May 22, 2001, in conjunction with the statutes amending the Habilitationsordnung of April 21, 2005.