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Zulassung / Admission

Zulassung / Admission
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Please note that the application for admission to the doctorate must be submitted at the beginning of your doctoral studies!

In order to apply for admisson to
doctoral studies, please submit
the following documents
as one entire-PDF-file,
sorted in the order below,

to the doctoral degree office:

Biology / Pharmacy
Ms. Kerstin Reinsberg

Chemistry/ Biochemistry
Ms. Lydia Alnajjar

When you are admitted to doctoral studies, you will be asked to submit all original registration documents as well to present the originals of your transcripts of records and your certificates to the doctoral office during your standard processing time or at the latest with thesis submission. Please note that due to the pandemic situation, there are currently no office hours and the submission of the documents will only be possible when we offer office hours again.

1) Identity Card or Passport

2)  Application for Admission
     (active PDF-document - Stand: October 2022)

ATTENTION!!! As of 1st of January 2023, only the new application form
(Stand: October 2022) will be accepted!

The supervisor = first reviewer is the person in whose working group you are working. For external doctoral candidates, the full university professor from our department at the FU will act as your second reviewer.

    In case your supervisor is not habilitated the following additional Application according to § 6 (3)
    has to be submitted incl. a list of procedures already supervised, CV and a list of publications.

3) Working plan - signed by doctoral candidate + supervisor

     Aapprox. 1 - 2 pages continuous text:
     Description of the objectives and methods of the doctoral project   

4) Time schedule - signed by doctoral candidate + supervisor

      Tabular representation of the chronological sequence up to thesis submission

5) Signed CV

6) Transcripts of Records + Certificate = Highest Degree

  In case of certificates, which are neither German nor English,
  a certified translation is requested.

    • Master (120 ECTS) or
    • Diploma or
    • 2nd State Examination Pharmacy or
    • 3rd State Examination Medicine / Veterinary Medicine or
    • another equivalent qualification 

7) Master's or final thesis as a PDF (for a degree obtained abroad) in a separate file

8) Transcripts of Records + Certificate = Basic Studies

  In case of certificates, which are neither German nor English,
  a certified translation is requested.

    • Bachelor (180 ECTS) or
    • 1st State Examination Pharmacy or
    • another equivalent qualification

9) Proof of the language skills
of the language in which the doctoral studies are done

If the higher education qualification was not acquired in a German-speaking country, a language qualification (German DSH2 or English B2) must be provided on the basis of one of the following certificates. Please note that no other language certificates are accepted.

German: at least Level DSH-2
Only the following evidence will be accepted:

  • DSH-2 - Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang
  • Telc C1-Hochschule
  • C2-Zertifikat des Goethe-Instituts
  • DSD II - Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz
  • TestDaF mit mindestens Niveau 4 in allen vier Teilprüfungen
  • Feststellungsprüfung des Studienkollegs

English: at least Level B2
Only the following evidence will be accepted:

  • Cambridge Examinations:
    First Certificate (FCE = B2)
    Advanced (CAE = C1 )
    Proficiency (CPE = C2)
  • IELTS: at least 5.5

  • TOEFL PBT or ITP: at least 543

  • TOEFL IBT: at least 72

  • UNIcert® II

  • Telc B2-Zertfikat

  • Pearson PTE Academic: at least 59

  • TOEIC: (all modules must be completed)
    Listening and Reading Test: at least 785 +
    Speaking Test: at least 160 +
    Writing Test: at least 150

  • If you have an academic degree where the language of instruction was English and if you provide us with a proper confirmation, this can also be accepted as proof of English language proficiency at B2 level.

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