The doctorate is the acquisition of the doctoral degree at a university within the framework of an examination procedure. The following doctoral regulations apply at Faculty II of TU Berlin:
Formal prerequisite for the doctoral degree is the successful completion of a Master's program or an equivalent degree in the subject area of the respective doctoral degree. Content-related requirements are the successful completion of a research thesis (dissertation) and a passed oral examination (scientific debate).
Faculty II - Mathematics and Natural Sciences awards the following doctoral degrees:
Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.)
Doctor of Engineering Sciences (Dr.-Ing.)
Please register your intention to pursue a doctorate as early as possible using the document registration of intention to pursue a doctorate. In addition, please also submit a doctoral agreement with the supervising person. For example, you can use the supervision agreement of the TU Berlin as a sample.
Information on the composition of doctoral committees can be found in § 6 of the doctoral regulations of Faculty II - Mathematics and Natural Sciences. Please also refer to our information on doctoral committees.
After completion of the dissertation, admission to the doctoral procedure must be applied for.
When planning the course of the doctoral procedure, it should be taken into account that there is a deadline of 3 months for the preparation of the expert opinions and that after their receipt there is an invitation period for the scientific debate of at least 14 days. In total, this means that between the application for admission to the doctoral procedure and the date of the scientific debate can be more than 4 months. There should be a period of at least 8 weeks between the submission of the application and the scheduled defense date!
Please contact us if you plan or want to apply for the opening of your doctoral procedure.
The invitation period of 14 days before the date of the scientific defense must be considered. The invitation is issued and announced by the doctoral office.
The doctoral regulations of Faculty II – Mathematics and Natural Sciences (section 8, subsection 2a) allow oral defenses in online/hybrid format as an exception in cases of circumstances beyond control/force majeure (i.e. pandemic events, sudden illness, plane/train cancellation) for the doctoral candidate and members of the committee. This requires the agreement of the doctoral candidate, the chairperson/doctoral committee and the Dean.
Find out about the current dates of scientific defense in our overview. Scientific debates are open to the public and you are welcome to participate.
The dissertation must be made available to the scientific public in an appropriate manner within 12 months of the scientific defense.