Doctoral Study

A doctorate is proof of the ability to do independent scholarly work to gain insights that contribute to the development of an area of research.

Alongside the individual doctorate, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences also offers specialized doctoral programs. Both the individual doctorate and the doctoral programs revolve around writing a doctoral thesis demonstrating your ability to conduct independent scholarly research. You are additionally required to complete modules for a total of 12 ECTS credits for an individual doctorate and 30 ECTS credits for the doctoral programs.

Title

After you have successfully completed the doctoral level, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences confers the title of Doctor of Philosophy. The title is Dr. phil (equivalent to PhD in English).

Individual Doctorate

The following degrees can be earned as an individual doctorate:

Philosophy

Philosophy

Psychology

Psychology

Doctoral Studies under the Regulations for Obtaining the Doctoral Degree of 29 May 2006 (PO 2006)

Since Fall Semester 2009 it has no longer been possible to take up doctoral studies under the Regulations for Obtaining the Doctoral Degree of 29 May 2006 (PO 2006). Doctoral candidates who started a doctorate under PO 2006 before 1 August 2009 can either transfer to the Ordinance on Obtaining a Doctoral Degree of 8 July 2009 (PVO 2009) or obtain their doctorate by 31 July 2019 under PO 2006. In justified cases the Vice Dean can grant an extension to this deadline. It is then not possible to change back to the old regulations.