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Supervision, Topic and Funding

Thema / Topic

Thema / Topic
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If the formal admission requirements from the doctoral rules (Promotionsordnung) are fulfilled, a supervisor and a topic must be found before the start of the doctorate and the financing clarified.
In order to register for your doctorate, you must first find a supervisor (full professor or Priv.-Doz.) in whose working group you can write your thesis.
You will find all the professors and adjunct professors who are eligible for this position in our department under:
Working groups of the Institute of Biology
Working groups of the Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Working groups of the Institute of Pharmacy


If your supervisor is not a full professor in our department, you will need the commitment of a full professor (list of full professors at department BCP) to act as second reviewer and head of the doctoral committee.
In addition, you can also do your work in an external working group, but you will need a second reviewer in any case at the time of registration, who must be the full professor in our department.
Supervisors who have not habilitated can submit an application in accordance with § 6 (3) of the doctoral rules in order to be granted the right to act as supervisors, reviewers and examiners in this procedure. This presupposes that the person concerned acts as director, research group leader or similar. In the event of approval by the doctoral board, the rights and duties of the supervisor are regulated in a cooperation contract.
Please note that one of the two reviewers must belong to the specific scientific field of the department.


Information on funding opportunities for graduates (doctoral funding) can be found here.

Information on supervision can be found here.

Read on for the next topic 'Start of Work'.