Doctoral Qualification

Guidelines for Proceedings of Doctoral Qualifications

Excerpts from the regulations for doctoral qualifications at the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences from May 11, 2010:

The academic degrees of “doctor philosophiae” (Dr. phil.) and “doctor rerum politicarum” (Dr. rer. pol.) will be obtained after the succesful completition of Doctoral Qualifications which have to be completed in the following order:

  1. written academic work in the form of a monographical individual writing (doctoral thesis) and summary
  2. Rigorosum
  3. public defence of the doctoral thesis.

Committees of Doctoral Qualifications (§2)

To conduct the procedures for a Doctoral Qualification, the Faculty Council will establish a doctoral committee.

List of doctoral candidates (§ 5)

  1. To be admitted to the list of doctoral candidates is a requirement for the admission to obtain a Doctoral Qualification from the faculty. The status as a doctoral candidate remains for a maximum of 6 years. The “Application for Entering the List of Doctoral Candidates” is available at “Downloads”. A curriculum viate, copy of degree certificates and a photograph have to be handed in at the Dean’s and Faculty’s office.
  2. The application will be examined by the doctoral committee. The doctoral candidate will be notified in written form about the admission or rejection to the list of doctorcal candidates by the council of the Dean’s and Faculty’s office.

Application for opening of the doctoral procedures (§ 7)

For starting the doctoral procedure, a written request by the candidate that includes the intended degree and subject has to be submitted to the dean of faculty. Which documents need to be attached to the application, is explained in the doctoral regulations. Candidates that intented to obtain a Doctoral Qualification in a cooperative and/or international procedure, should note § 2, paragraph 3 and § 8 of the doctoral regulations.

Opening of the doctoral procedures (§ 10)

After checking for completeness and validity of the submitted documents by the doctoral committee, the faculty council opens the procedure. The assessors and the examiner for the Rigorosum will now be specified.

Assessors (§ 11)

A dissertation is usually evaluated by two assessors. A assessors needs to be affliated to Faculty of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Further information can be found at § 11 of the doctoral regulations. The assessors may give their assessment within a period of three months. The issued assessment and the dissertation will be examined by the Faculty Council in the Dean’s and Faculty’s office for 14 days. If there are no objectections and all evaluations are positive, the doctoral committee discusses the acception of the dissertation. In case of a positive vote, the doctoral candidate receives an invitation for completing the Rigorosum.

Rigorosum (§ 13)

The Rigoros consists of an oral exam that has the duration of one hour.

Defence (§ 14)

The candidate has to state the objectives and results of the dissertation in a public presentation (defence) with a duration of approximately 30 min. The candidate has to refer and respond to the assessor’s comments.

Valuation (§ 15)

During the doctoral procedure, valuations have to be given by using the following grades:

  • summa cum laude – excellent
  • magna cum laude – very good – 1
  • cum laude – good – 2
  • rite – satisfactory – 3
  • non sufficit – not satisfactory – 5

The overall grade of the doctoral qualification consists of the single grades from the valuation of the dissertation (with a total of 60%) – the grade for the Rigorosum (20%) – the grade for defence (20%).

Granting of the degree (§16)

The doctoral degree will be granted after the formal decision of the faculty council.

Updated 29. March 2017