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Standard Processing Time

Regelbearbeitungszeit / Standard Processing Time

Regelbearbeitungszeit / Standard Processing Time
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Until further notice there are no office hours. Please submit your documents as one pdf-file by email. Alternatively, you can send them by post. All inquiries will be answered only by email or telephone. All doctoral candidates who are admitted to the BCP department for doctoral studies will receive an automatic extension of the standard processing time by 7 months for the delay in the doctoral studies due to the measures currently taken. This general extension of the standard processing time due to the Corona pandemic only applies to the deadline for submission of the dissertation to the doctoral office and for re-registration with the student administration. (updated 17 June 2020)

As a rule, the dissertation should be submitted within 3.5 years, but at the latest before the end of the standard processing time (4 years). Please refer to your letter of admission for the end of the standard processing time.

If it is not possible to submit your dissertation within the four-year standard processing time, you must submit an application for extension of standard processing time two months before the end of the standard processing time.

If the reason for the extension of the standard processing time is maternity leave or parental leave, please use the application for extension due to maternity leave and parental leave. The doctoral board will decide on the extension.

If a change of supervisor is to be carried out, the application for a change of supervisor must be submitted immediately to the doctorate office. The doctoral board will check whether the application can be accepted. For advice please contact the Doctoral Degree Office.

If you do not wish to continue your doctoral studies at the FU Berlin, please submit an informal application to the doctoral office for the closure of the doctoral procedure.

Read on for the next topic 'Writing the Thesis'.