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General Information Regarding a Doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering

 

In what follows, we would like to offer you some general information regarding a doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Freiburg. The exact academic and legal frameworks of a doctorate are regulated in the Doctoral Degree Regulations (PromO, abbreviation in German) and should be studied there. The currently valid doctoral regulations, PromO 2016, and the older version, PromO 2000, can be found here.

Important Note Regarding the Application of the Doctoral Degree Regulations:

 

Since October 1, 2016, new doctoral degree regulations are in force at the Faculty of Engineering (PromO 2016). In accordance with §27 PromO 2016, the following rules apply for choosing the applicable regulations:

  • For all admitted doctoral students, who have applied for acceptance before October 1, 2016, PromO 2000 applies, unless they apply for the application of PromO 2016.
  • For all admitted doctoral students, who have applied for acceptance after October 01, 2016, PromO 2016 applies.

  • For all other doctoral candidates, who have not yet applied for acceptance as a doctoral student, PromO 2016 applies.

Admission to the Doctorate: Formal Requirements

 

There are some set admission requirements for the applicants of a doctorate at the Faculty of Engineering. These requirements are fully described in the doctoral degree regulations. It is advisable to study the requirements at an early stage, in order to make sure one fulfills all admission criteria.

For an admission to a doctorate, the applicant has to have

1. a qualifying degree from:

a) a master's program at a German university,

b) a study program at a German university or a college of education with a minimum study duration of four years,

c) a study program based on an undergraduate degree program at a German university, a college of education or another university with the right to award doctorates

in the field of computer science, mathematics, in an engineering field or in a natural science field.

2. The applicant must not be already admitted as a doctoral student in the same scientific field at another faculty or university. In addition to that, the applicant must not have already passed a corresponding doctoral examination in the same scientific field at a university.