Doing your PhD

The doctorate serves as proof of the ability to conduct in-depth scientific work. The title Dr. rer. pol. is awarded at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences.

Doctoral and Habilitation Officer

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Florence Scholz

Phone: +49 331 977-3419, Building 1, room 1.28

The Doctoral and Habilitation Officer advises on questions concerning doctoral and habilitation studies and assists with all administrative steps from admission to the disputation. Furthermore, she prepares the content of the meetings of the doctoral committee, compiles statistics in the area of doctoral studies and Habilitation, and is involved in quality assurance and control.


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Prof. Dr. Ulfert Gronewold

Phone: +49 331 977- 3803

The ombudsperson is available as an independent, confidential and neutral contact person for all those seeking advice. The ombudsperson advises, supports and mediates in conflicts during the doctoral studies as well as in questions of suspected scientific misconduct. The ombudsperson is required to maintain confidentiality.


You can find more information about the doctoral committee here.

The doctoral procedure

Step 1: Interest in a doctorate

Step 2: Admission as a doctoral candidate

Step 3: Enrollment as doctoral student (optional)

Step 4: Submission of the dissertation

Step 5: Review of the dissertation

Step 6: Interpretation of the dissertation

Step 7: Disputation - the oral examination

Step 8: Publication of the dissertation


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Welcome Day for doctoral candidates

The Welcome Day for doctoral candidates welcomes all new doctoral candidates every semester at the beginning of the lecture period. Here you will get information on the doctoral procedure and all other questions. The last date was on october, 17th, 2022.

Here you can find the presentation.

The next "Welcome Day" will take place on April 24th , 2023 at 10 am via Zoom.

Meeting ID: 639 0584 1123
Passcode: 16742980