New regulations for PhD examinations

As of 29 September 2012 the

new joint doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering

is in effect.

Simultaneously, the former doctoral degree regulations of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Kiel University  from 12 May 2009 (NBL. MWV. Schl.-H. S. 21) and amended by decision on 19 November 2011 (NBL. MWV. Schl.-H. S. 46) have ceased to be valid. You may however apply to be examined under the new regulations.

Below you will find the most important changes:
You no longer need to be enrolled at Kiel University when delivering your thesis (§ 8 – admission to PhD examination). Instead, you will need to hand in a certificate of good conduct which cannot be older than six months. This certificate is available from the “Bürger- und Ordnungsamt”.  The issuing of this certificate will take some time. Please bear this in mind if you are planning to submit your certificate in the near future. Please send the certificate to the address given below:

Dekanat der
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät
z. Hd. Gesa Koberg
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4
24118 Kiel

Applicants who are permanently resident outside of Germany can apply for a certificate of good conduct at the “Bundesamt für Justiz”. The appropriate documents in German, English and French can be downloaded here. For doctoral examination, candidates need a “Behördenführungszeugnis” which states the intended purpose as “Promotion”.


Further changes in detail:

§1 – Doctoral Examinations

The candidate may be awarded the title “Dr. rer. nat.”(doctorate in natural sciences) as well as “Dr.-Ing.” (doctorate in engineering)(article 1)

§3 – Doctoral Examination Board

One member of the Doctoral Examination Board must be a lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering (paragraph 1). His/her voting right is limited to examinations awarding the certificate of “Dr.-Ing.” (doctorate in engineering) (paragraph 3).

Heads of Departments are no longer members of the Examination Board but are still allowed to chair the oral examination (disputation).

§6 – Requirements for being accepted for examination

The following degrees entitle candidates to apply for doctoral examination:
Master of Science (M. Sc.) or Master of Engineering (M. Eng.) or comparable degrees
First state exam for a career as “Studienrat” at High Schools (including “Sekundarstufe II”) or Master of Education (M. Ed.) with a final examination paper in mathematics, informatics or the relevant didactics.
Second level of pharmaceutical examination or approbation
Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Geography.

In exceptional cases, the Examination Board may also accept graduates with a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) or a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.).

For all other degrees, the Doctoral Examination Board shall check dissertations to ensure their subjects tie in with those of the Faculty before the doctoral examination procedure (cf. § 8) can be initiated. Where a doctorate for the other faculty is to be awarded, the other faculty must be involved to an appropriate extent. 

§ 8 – Application for admittance to doctoral examination / Graduation verification

Doctoral candidates applying for examination have to submit a current certificate of good conduct. Candidates do not necessarily need to be enrolled at Kiel University.

§10 – Appointment of examiners

Once the examination papers have been submitted, the Faculty/Faculties will take a period of six weeks (formerly: four weeks) to prepare the reports.

§13 – Date for oral examination

The disputation should take place during the semester (the lecture period). The date should be scheduled six weeks after acceptance of the thesis, at the latest.

§15 – Procedures during disputation

Members of the Doctoral Examination Board (“Promotionssausschuss”) are allowed to be present at the last meeting of the examination committee (“Prüfungskommission”) and have the right to speak. The decision on the grade lies exclusively with the examination committee (paragraph 8).

§17 – Grade

The overall grade results from the grade of the thesis (60 %) and the oral exam (40 %) (formerly: 70:30). (paragraph 2)

After the oral examination has taken place, the candidate has the right of scrutiny over the reports concerning the thesis. (paragraph 5)