Faculty VI - Planning Building Environment
Faculty VI - Planning Building Environment

Doctorates and Habilitations at Faculty VI

Current Information

  • New Doctoral Regulations 
    The new doctoral regulations of TU Berlin came into force on 25 June 2021 (unofficial translation, in case of inconsistency between the German and the English version, the German version of the regulations prevails). Please note the new regulations contained therein.
  • Procedural changes due to the pandemic situation
    The applicable hygiene regulations of TU Berlin must be strictly observed. However, in order to protect us and yourself against infection, we ask you to refrain from appearing in person at the faculty administration.

    Applications for registration of the intention to award a doctorate (see chapter 2) must first be sent digitally to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de. Make sure that a data volume of 2-3 MB is not exceeded.

    Please send applications for the opening of the doctoral procedure (see chapter 3) by post to the Faculty Administration. For preliminary consultation and advance notice of a package, the application (including title page and information on co-authorships) should be sent as a scan to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de. Please ensure that the data volume does not exceed 2-3 MB.


    Packages can be sent directly to the Faculty Service Center again:

    Technische Universität Berlin
    Sekretariat A1
    z.H. Herrn Roesrath
    Straße des 17. Juni 152
    10623 Berlin


Steps towards a doctorate

To help ensure that your doctorate proposal is processed quickly, we kindly ask you to observe the following steps and information.
The required forms can be found in the relevant chapters or under "Downloads".

1. General orientation

How can I do a doctorate at Faculty VI?

Please inform yourself first about the different ways to do a doctorate. Among other things, it is important to clarify the question of funding and to find a person to supervise your doctoral project (see also chapter 2).

At Faculty VI Planning Building Environment you can pursue one of the four types of doctoral degrees:

  • Doctor of Engineering Sciences (Dr.-Ing.),
  • Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.),
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Dr. phil.) or
  • Doctor of Economic Sciences (Dr. rer. oec.).

The doctoral degree awarded is determined in § 2 of the Doctoral Regulations:

“The focus of the dissertation depends on the doctoral degree: for Dr.-Ing., the focus is on an engineering science, for Dr. rer. nat., it is on a mathematical or natural science, for Dr. phil., the humanities or the social sciences, and for Dr. rer. oec., economics or business administration.”

Unfortunately, it is not possible to answer general questions about "completing a doctorate".

On which basis can I do a doctorate at Faculty VI?

The basis for completing a doctorate at Faculty VI are the joint doctoral regulations of TU Berlin (German or English Version (inofficial translation)) and the implementing regulations of Faculty VI.

Familiarity with the details of the doctoral regulations and the implementing regulations of Faculty VI is assumed in the case of requests for advice!

2. Declaration of intent to pursue a doctorate

You can notify us of your intent to pursue a doctorate by filling in the relevant form (English or German version). The additional documents you need to submit are:

  • Description of the topic (exposé)
  • Work and time schedule
  • CV
  • A certified copy of your university degree qualifying you for a doctorate
  • A confirmation of supervision (sample).

Supervision can be provided by one of the following persons who must be a member of Faculty VI of TU Berlin:

  • Full-time professor
  • university lecturer
  • junior professor
  • post-doctoral research group leader
  • permanently employed full-time non-scheduled professor.

In addition to the confirmation of supervision, you should conclude a doctoral agreement with the supervisor. However, the Faculty Service Centre (FSC) does not require this document for registration.

Please send your declaration of intent to pursue a doctorate digitally to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de first and make sure that a data volume of 2-3 MB is not exceeded. Please send the original by post to the Faculty Administration (see contact details further below).

You will then receive a confirmation from the Dean or the Faculty Administration. Only with this confirmation you can enrol at TU Berlin as the next step. Enrolment does not take place via the Faculty Administration but via the Office of Student Affairs of TU Berlin.

3. Application for admission to the doctoral procedure

Once you have completed your doctoral thesis, you can apply to be admitted to the doctoral procedure. You can download and fill out a German version of the relevant form or an English version.

Your application should include your preferred reviewers. You can also nominate who you would like to be chair of the doctoral committee. Please refer to the requirements stated in the doctoral regulations and in the implementing regulations of Faculty VI regarding this.

We recommend you to submit your application in advance as a scan to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de (including title page and information on co-authorships). Please note that you should not submit your actual thesis in an email!

You should also submit the following documents to the Faculty Administration:

  • A printed copy of your completed dissertation. Please note the specifications for the layout of the title page.
    The number of copies you are required to submit depends on the number of reviewers you wish to have. You are also required to submit two additional copies for the chair of the doctoral committee and the Faculty Service Center.
  • One copy of your dissertation in PDF format submitted on a digitally readable medium. Upon request, you will be granted access to an area of the TUB cloud. The FSC does not access the clouds of commercial or other third party providers (WE-transfer, Dropbox etc.).
  • A CV
  • A publication list
  • Additional documents if you are submitting a cumulative dissertation (see form and the implementing regulations of Faculty VI).

4. Scientific defense

After the doctoral procedure has been opened by the dean and the reviews have been received by the faculty administration, the scientific defense follows.

The scientific defense is divided into two parts:

  • Presentation by the doctoral candidate about the dissertation (approx. 30 minutes)
  • Discussion with the reviewers about the subject discipline of the dissertation (approx. 60 minutes).

The academic defense is open to the public and takes place in the presence of the doctoral candidate and all members of the doctoral committee.

According to § 8 (2) of the doctoral regulations, in particularly justified individual cases or in the absence of individual or all participants due to force majeure, it is possible to hold the academic defense in partial presence or as a purely virtual defense. In this regard, please also note the following chapter 4.a.

NEW: According to § 8 (1) of the doctoral regulations, doctoral candidates of Faculty VI are allowed to inspect the assessments before the scientific debate, provided that the supervisor belongs to one of the institutes of Faculty VI (first membership), as specified in the implementation regulations of Faculty VI.

4.a Details on conducting scientific defenses in times of pandemics

In order to avoid the risk of infection, scientific defenses are currently conducted mostly in partial presence or as an exclusive video conference at the request of the doctoral candidate.

Due to the technical complexity, those appointments can only be assigned to a limited extent, usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please contact the Faculty Service Center as early as possible to arrange an appointment, but at least three weeks before the planned scientific defense.


If the defense is to take place in partial presence, the chairperson of the doctoral committee and the candidate should be in room A 111 approx. 30-45 minutes in advance on the day of the defense.


  • The hygiene regulations of TU Berlin applicable on the day of the defense must be strictly observed.
  • The room is well ventilated and therefore unfortunately quite cool.

The people in room A111 can see all connected participants via a large screen monitor. For their part, all participants see the people in room A111.

The faculty provides two laptops (Windows 10) and a headset (microphone and headphones), each disinfected, for the chairperson and the candidate. An own laptop can be used, provided it is configured to use Eduroam.

The candidate is required to make the presentation slides available to all participants using the "Share content" function.

The scientific defense is divided into three parts:

  1. The public scientific defense
  2. The confidential consultation
  3. The announcement of the result

All participants (candidate, committee members, guests) receive the invitation to session parts 1 and 3, the committee members also receive the link for session part 2. As a rule, the participation links are sent after the registration deadline has expired (1-2 days before the scientific defense).

For part 1, the public defense, a time frame of approximately 1.5 hours is planned. The “host” FSC starts the meeting approx. 10 minutes in advance so that everyone can log in. Session part 2 starts shortly before the end of part 1. Only the members of the commission have access to this meeting and discuss the scientific defense at this meeting. A time frame of around 30 minutes is planned for this. If it goes faster, session part 3 can also be started earlier.

Technical-administrative support is guaranteed either by the head of the administration and / or another person from the FSC, but only in the background.

The protocol folder will be available on site.

At the end of the scientific defense, the chair hands the candidate a preliminary certificate of successful discussion.

The minutes are only signed by the chairperson. The FSC will send a copy to the reviewers by email and ask for signing and returning them in paper form.

Special features of purely virtual scientific defenses:

  • It is not possible to give the candidate a certificate confirming the success of the scientific defense immediately after the meeting.
  • The protocol folder is sent electronically to the chairperson and must then be printed out, filled in and sent back to the FSC by post.

5. Publication

After you have completed your scientific defense, you are required to publish your dissertation within twelve months (extension only in exceptional cases).

Therefore, you are required to hand in the following mandatory copies of your dissertation approved by the doctoral committee (including the changes decreed by the doctoral committee) to the Dissertation Office of the University Library of TU Berlin:

In case of a thesis by publication (cumulative dissertation), please consider additional information.

You will receive a confirmation of receipt (confirmation of publication) from the Dissertation Office, a copy will be sent to the Faculty Administration.

If there is any change between the submitted and the approved version of your dissertation, a print copy of the published version must be submitted to the Faculty Service Center.

Once you have fulfilled these requirements, you will be issued your doctoral certificate (in person or by post to your current address).

For your further academic career please note the following paragraphs of the Berlin University Act (in German):

BerlHG, § 101 (5): "Bei Berufungen auf eine Professur sollen Juniorprofessoren und Juniorprofessorinnen, wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter und wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterinnen in der Funktion einer Nachwuchsgruppenleitung sowie Hochschuldozenten und Hochschuldozentinnen der eigenen Hochschule nur dann berücksichtigt werden, wenn sie nach ihrer Promotion die Hochschule gewechselt hatten oder mindestens zwei Jahre außerhalb der berufenden Hochschule wissenschaftlich oder künstlerisch tätig waren (...)."

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