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Awarding of the Doctoral Degree

Verleihung / Awarding

Verleihung / Awarding
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After a  successful defense, each doctoral student will receive a confirmation by e-mail. A provisional verification signed by the dean can be written by request, but the provisional verification does not entitle the doctoral student to use the academic degree title "Doctor of Science (Dr. rer. nat.)" nor the title „doctor designatus“ (Dr. des.).

In case of an English thesis, we will issue a German and English certificate. In case of a German thesis, we need a request by email including the scientifically correct translation of the thesis title. The certificates will be issued within six weeks after the defense.

The publication requirements must be fulfilled before the doctoral degree is finally awarded.

The certificate(s) will first be emailed to you as a PDF and then delivered by registered mail to the address you have provided.

Based on our rules the department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy confers the academic title “Dr. rer. nat.” for individual doctorate studies, for members of graduate schools, the title "Ph.D." if desired

You are bound to use the academic title in the conferred form.

Please note: If, for example, after receiving the "Dr. rer. nat.", the title "Ph.D." is used instead, this is not a possible translation, but the unauthorised use of a title that has not been awarded, which can be prosecuted under criminal law.

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