Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Doctoral Degree at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Thank you for your interest in a Doctoral Degree at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences in Tübingen!

The training and support of our junior researchers with the goal of leading research is important to us. This is why we offer you a wide range of research and further education opportunities, including the Graduate Academy of the University of Tübingen and solid support for individual doctoral candidates, but also in several doctoral programmes.

Here you will find all information about the doctoral process at our faculty. We will be happy to help you with any further questions.

At the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, you can complete your doctorate in the following subjects:


  • Historical and Cultural Anthropology
  • Education Science (Empirische Bildungsforschung)
  • Education (Erziehungswissenschaft)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (please contact us for the requirements for this subject)
  • Sociology
  • Sport Science
  • Economics
  • Subject didactics in one of the subjects listed above

Steps to a Doctorate

Here you can find out more about the next steps in the doctoral procedure.

General information on acceptance as a doctoral candidate, admission to the doctoral procedure upon submission of the dissertation and the regulations for publication of the dissertation can be found in the Information sheet for doctorates.

The Doctoral Students Council has compiled further useful information on doctoral studies.

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1. Admission as a doctoral candidate

Before you can be admitted as a doctoral candidate, you will need the consent of at least one professor - even better is two professors - who are prepared to supervise you. The best way to proceed is to write an outline of the topic you would like to work on and talk to a professor in the subject.

With this approval, you can submit the Application for Admission as a Doctoral Candidate. Please turn it in with a certified copy of your university degree certificate and transcript of records or by showing the originals to the Dean’s Office. This application must include your supervisor’s signature.

[Please note: At least one of the supervisors must be an active professor in the Faculty. Supervisors who are not members of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences must be approved by the doctoral degree committee. To get approval, please submit a written request to the doctoral degree committee with an explanatory statement and the requested supervisor’s contact information. The approval of your first supervisor should be included in your written request.]

The doctoral student and supervisors should also complete a Doctoral Agreement. If possible, please submit your Application for Admission as a Doctoral Student together with a copy of this doctoral agreement to the Dean’s Office or submit the doctoral agreement soon after the application. If you have already completed a doctoral agreement in the context of a doctoral program in our Faculty, this can be used instead. In this case, please submit a copy of this doctoral agreement.

The requirement for a successful doctorate is adherence to the Guidelines for Ensuring Good Academic Practice. Please read these carefully, and if you have any questions, contact your supervisor. You can find additional guidelines, documents and information here.

With your acceptance certificate as a doctoral student in the Faculty, you can enroll with the Student Administration as a doctoral student. The student status is linked to student discounts and allows you to use the University’s institutions. Doctoral students who do not have a full-time employment at the University of Tübingen have to enroll.

If you are planning to do a publication-based or publication-oriented doctorate, then even at the beginning of your doctorate you should make sure to conclude such publication contracts with journals that will enable you to avoid later problems in publishing your dissertation (see handout).

2. Admission to the doctoral qualification process

When you have finished your dissertation, you submit it together with the Application for Admission to the Doctoral Qualification Process and the Declarations on the Application for Admission to the Doctoral Qualification Process to the Dean’s Office. The application includes all the information you need about the number of copies and the other documents to submit for admission to the qualification process.


3. Oral Examination

After the dissertation has been reviewed and accepted by the Faculty, a date will be agreed on with the examiners and you will submit the Registration for the Oral Examination. Together with the registration, you will need to submit an abstract of your dissertation. For the oral examination you should also read the Guidelines on the Oral Examination.

It is possible to sit in on oral examinations for members of the Faculty according to the criteria set down in the doctoral degree regulations. You can find more information as well as dates of upcoming oral examinations here.

4. Publishing of the Dissertation

You can find information on publication in the Guidelines for publication of doctoral thesis and in the Guidelines for the publication of publication based or oriented doctoral theses and theses in which collaboration has taken place.

Before publishing your dissertation, you must receive permission to publish from the Dean’s Office.
For this, you will need to provide the title page (template for title page for the dissertation) according to the template from the Dean’s Office for approval, the title page approved title page must then be included in the copies submitted. The first page of the title page template can also be used when submitting the dissertation for the Admission to the Doctoral Qualification Process (see point 2). If the title of the dissertation was changed, e.g. when publishing with a publishing house, then the title page must include the (old) title of the submitted dissertation and not the new title.

Together with the title page, you must submit the Declaration concerning Differences to the Submitted Dissertation and, if they were added for the publication, also the Foreword, Preface, Acknowledgements, etc.
After submitting these documents, you can receive permission to publish. Please start the publishing process only after having received the permission to publish.

Ombudsperson for doctoral candidates

The ombudsperson assists doctoral students in conflicts during their doctoral project. All concerns are treated confidentially and from a neutral perspective.

Ombudsperson is the Dean, the Deputy Ombudsperson is the Vice Dean for Research.

The rules of the family-friendly university also apply to doctoral students, see under audit
and the Faculty's Equality Commission see WiSo Commission.