Faculty of Science

Current information and changes because of Corona crises

There are no official opening hours of the PhD office right now.  You can contact us by mail or phone.

You can hand in your applications by post. We will check them and contact you in case of open questions and missing documents. Please note:

  • Check if your documents are complete
    Plese send us normal copies of your (Master) certificates and transcripts if certified copies are not possible at the moment. If you do not manage to apply for a certificate of conduct, you can hand in this document later. Furthermore, we accept scanned and digital signatures of supervisors and reviewers.
  • Application for Admission: Send us just one copy of your thesis. The other two copies can be sent to the reviewers as soon as you have received the letter of admission from the PhD office.

Due to recent Corona crises regular oral examiantions are not possible at the moment. The Faculty of Science offers the possibility of conducting online exams by video chat from 20th of April 2020 onwards. This special format is limited in time. It is valid for the period of official restrictions and limitations making regular oral exams impossible. It should only be chosen in special individual cases with plausible reasons or clear disadvantages for the PhD candidates. In case of no time pressure we recommend postponing the oral exam until regular oral exams are permitted again. Of course there will be no problems for PhD students because of missed deadlines.

Registrations for online exams can be submitted from now on. Please take the process time of 10 days into account. To avoid unnecessary workload, we recommend waiting for the official decisions concerning further Corona limitations (which are expected to be announced after the Easter holidays) before submitting the registration for oral exams.

On this information sheet you can find all rules and requirements for online examinations by video chat.

Please be aware that the situation can change at short notice. We cannot guarantee that regular oral exams can be resumed in the near future. Compliance of all (epedemic) requirements and restrictions of government, city and university must be ensured at any time.


Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Science

Doctoral Subjects

At the Faculty of Science, you can pursue a doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in the following fields:

  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Didactics
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geography
  • Geoecology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutics
  • Physics
  • Prehistory and Early History
  • Psychology

Office Hours

Dr. Elaine Huggenberger
Monday - Thurday, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

(Auf der Morgenstelle 8, B-Building, 9th floor, room 9A06) and by appointment (29-75955).

Gudrun Dortschy
Monday - Thursday, 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.

(Auf der Morgenstelle 8, B-Building, 9th floor, room 9A03) and by appointment (29- 76853).

  Feel free to contact us, if you have any further questions. However, we recommend reading the information sheet first, as it usually resolves most of the questions.


Areas of Responsibilities

Constanze Christ

  • Applications for acceptance as a doctoral student
  • Information about doctoral guidelines of the Faculty of Science
  • Cotutelle agreements
  • Doctoral Government Scholarship
  • Postdoctoral Studies

Dr. Elaine Huggenberger

  • Ongoing doctoral procedures
  • Verification and confirmation of doctoral degrees

Gudrun Dortschy

  • Acceptance of doctoral dissertations
  • Doctoral procedures (Biology and Geosciences)

Annette Goller

  • PhD Certificates

Downloads and Information

Forms, Policies, and Information


Application for Acceptance

 Admission to the Docotral Examination Procedure

Oral Exam

Publishing Procedure