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.

Regular oral examiantions are permitted again from 27th of April 2020 onwards while respecting the following stringent requirements:

  • minimal composition of participants (PhD candidate and 4 examiners), without any audience
  • maintaining the minimum distance between all participants (minimum 2m), please take care for a sufficiently large room
  • maintaining all rules of conduct and hygiene rules (given by the university)
  • celebrations after the exam are forbidden (at the premises of the university)
  • it is possible that single examiners participate by video chat (see formular below)

In special individual cases the Faculty of Science still offers the possibility of conducting online exams completely by video chat. This special format is limited in time. It is valid for the period of official restrictions and limitations due to Corona crises. It should only be chosen in special individual cases with plausible reasons or clear disadvantages for the PhD candidates.

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

Of course there will be no problems for PhD students because of missed deadlines concerning the oral exam at the moment.

Registrations for online exams can be submitted in the PhD office as normal. Please take the process time of 10 days into account.

PhD candidates have the possibility to check their reports at the phD office. Please arrange a peronal appointment by email.

Please be aware that the situation (concerning conducting oral exams) can change at short notice. Therefore, please check the information on our webpage regularly. Compliance of all (epidemic) 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

Checking plagiarism

The ZDV offers the possiblity of conduction a similarity analysis for free by the software "Turnitiin". We recommend to make use of this offer before submitting the thesis. More information can be found under Link.