Registration for doctoral exam and applying for oral exam (disputation):

Gesa Koberg, Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, room 607

Tuesday, Thursday 9.00 - noon

or on request

The dean's office will not be opened from 20.12.2021 - 07.01.2022!
From Monday 10.01.2021 we will be there for you again.
Please note that dissertations including complete applications must be submitted by 16.12.2021 at the latest,
in order to be processed this year

The promotion office is currently understaffed. The processing of all applications takes longer.


Please note that the online registration forms have been adapted. Please only use the new forms and fill them out automatically. Please also note that there is a regulation for the file names to be used! You can find these in the respective forms.

Disputations can  take place as face-to-face examinations (candidate + committee) or as videoconferences or a mixed form (hybrid).
The university public will be formally re-established for disputations after 1.6.2020:
    Due to the above rules of hygiene and distance, this can only be done via video conference.
(see in more detail below)

From the beginning of the lecture period (18.10.2021), disputations will again take place in presence (with audience, open to the CAU public).
Disputations already scheduled in the dean's office can still take place online. Otherwise, online disputations are only possible with special approval of the dean. 3G proofs are required for participation (also applies to listeners) and are checked and recorded by the chairperson. Hygiene concepts are omitted in compliance with the 3G rule. With a minimum distance of 1.5 m, the wearing of masks can be waived during the disputation.



Certificates of good conduct ("Führungszeugnis") should be sent to the postal address

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


New rules apply for submitting forms and dissertations.
Please note the new checklist for doctoral procedures:
  • All forms can be uploaded via E-mails or mail delivery will not be processed.
  • Registration for doctoral projects requires submission of the application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate as well as the supervision agreement and the Master of Science cerificate.
  • The printed copies of your dissertation are to be sent by mail delivery.
  • Doctorate defences usually take place during the lecture period. Currently there may be delays due to the corona pandemic.
  • The delivery period (1 week or 3 weeks) begins after receipt of the referees opinion and is announced weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
  • Candidates are responsible for the organization of the disputation (appointment,  commission including chair and videoconference.
    Due to the strict privacy rules, Zoom or Skype may not be used. Only BigBlueButton or the DFNconf service can be used.
    With the announcement of the interpretation ridge of a dissertation, Mrs. Koberg informs about the day and time of the corresponding disputation. Persons who want to participate in the disputation as listeners have the possibility to register.
    The doctoral candidate must hand over a list of the intended audience to the Chairperson of the disputation at least 48 hours before the disputation. Only members and relatives of the CAU and, if applicable, of the non-university research institute (GEOMAR, MPI or similar) at which the dissertation was written are admitted - but not relatives and friends who do not belong to this group of people.
    The doctoral candidate* is responsible for the technical execution of the dissertation. If necessary, one person may be present as a technical assistant.
    This procedure is binding for all disputes from 1.6.2020. Exclusion of the university public must be applied for in writing or by email to the responsible Vice Dean (Prof. Dr. H. Kersten).
    Before the start of the disputation, the participants in the video conference must be compared with the list of listeners registered in advance.
    Only the lecture and the questioning may be transmitted, but not the consultation of the commission. Recordings of the disputation are prohibited.
  • Doctorate defences generally take place 11 to 12 weeks after registration. If a dissertation is rated "with distinction", a longer period can be expected.
  • As a rule, doctoral certificates are awarded once a semester.