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Doctorates and Habilitations at Faculty VI

Actual information

As of now (14.12.2020), personal consultations in the Faculty Administration are not (no longer) possible until further notice.

Applications for registration of the intention to award a doctorate must first be sent digitally to . Make sure that a data volume of 2-3 MB is not exceeded.

Please send applications for the opening of the doctoral procedure by post to the Faculty Administration (at least 4 printed copies, a pdf file on CD/USB and the signed application together with the necessary attachments). For preliminary consultation, the application (including title page and information on co-authorships) can be sent as a scan to for preliminary consultation. Please ensure that the data volume does not exceed 2-3 MB.


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To help ensure that your doctorate proposal is processed quickly, we kindly ask you to observe the following steps and information:

1. General orientation

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

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

The doctorate title awarded is determined in Section 2 of the Doctoral Regulations:

“The focus of the dissertation for a doctorate as Dr.-Ing. is on engineering, for a Dr. rer. nat. on mathematics or natural sciences, for a Dr. phil. on humanities or social sciences and for a Dr. rer. oec. on economics.”

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. You can find a PDF copy of the German-language version here and a copy of the English-language version here.

Familiarity with the details of the doctoral regulations 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 via the relevant form. The additional documents you need to submit are:

  • A certified copy of your university degree qualifying you for a doctorate
  • CV
  • Work schedule
  • Description of the topic
  • Agreement to act as a supervisor from a full professor in Faculty VI at TU Berlin (sample (in German)).

You can also send your application in advance as a scan to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de. Please send the original copy of your application to the Faculty Administration (see contact details at the side). You will then receive a confirmation of receipt from the dean or the Faculty Administration. You can only enroll at TU Berlin by submitting this confirmation. You cannot enroll via the Faculty Administration.

Please note: Only a full professor or junior professor at Faculty VI can be appointed as a supervisor.

3. Application to commence a doctoral procedure

Once you have completed your doctoral thesis, you can apply to be admitted to the doctoral procedure. You can find the German-language version of the relevant form here and an English-language version here.

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 regarding this. We recommend you submit your application in advance as a scan to promotionen@fak6.tu-berlin.de. 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 bound copy of your completed dissertation (preferably glue-bond). 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.).

TU members are permitted to enter the premises of the Faculty Administration to submit their dissertation if in possession of their TUB ID and under compliance with the RKI regulations regarding hygiene and distancing. Please arrange an appointment to do so. We recommend all other persons submit their dissertation by post or organize an appointment to hand over their dissertation outside TU premises.

4. Scientific defense

The scientific defense follows the commencement of the doctoral process by the dean and the receipt of reviews by the Faculty Administration.


Conducting a scientific defense during restrictions arising from the coronavirus pandemic

In the interest of the candidate and upon application, it may be possible in exceptional cases to conduct scientific defenses in partial in-presence format. This requires, as a minimum, the physical presence of the chair of the committee and the candidate in a room with the reviewers and the audience attending via video conferencing.

Due to the technical requirements involved, a fixed date has to be reserved. You can view all dates here. Please note that you need to agree the appointment with the Faculty Service Center well in advance, i.e. with at least 3 weeks’ notice.

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 to the Dissertation Office of the University Library of TU Berlin:

  • online publication in DepositOnce (checklist)
  • 15 printed copies as standard dissertation copies (checklist)
  • 3 publication copies (checklist)

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

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

If there is any change between the submitted and the published 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).

You can find all forms and information concerning the doctoral procedure at Faculty VI here or via Quick Access 23353.

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