Faculty II - Mathematics and Natural Sciences


The habilitation is the attainment of teaching qualification at an academic university. It is of particular importance for scientists who wish to pursue a career in higher education, as the habilitation is traditionally a prerequisite for employment as a professor. With the amendment of the Higher Education Act (introduction of junior professorships), the habilitation is no longer a standard prerequisite for a university teaching career.

The habilitation is acquired in an examination procedure regulated by the habilitation regulations. Formal requirements for habilitation are a scientific university degree and a doctorate. Content-related requirements are sufficient achievements in teaching (evidenced by independent teaching activities) and in research (evidenced by a comprehensive monograph or by already published research results).

Habilitated scientists can apply for the award of a teaching license and thus attain the status of a Privatdozent*in (PD). A Privatdozent*in is obliged to teach regularly without remuneration. The teaching obligation is currently 2 semester hours per year. Through the Privatdozentur one acquires the right of membership at the university and thus certain rights in the participation in the academic self-administration, in the participation in examination procedures and in the use of university facilities.


Organization name Faculty II - Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Office BEL 1
Building BEL
Room BEL 012
Backside of the statue of Werner von Siemens at the mathematics building looking across the Straße des 17. Juni at the main building in the sunshine © Oana Popa-Costea

Habilitation lectures

Dates and details for upcoming habilitation lectures can be found on the Faculty II home page.