You graduated and see yourself pursueing an academic career in the quest for scientific progress? You are wholesouly dedicated to research and are planning to pursue a doctorate or even a habilitation? The Faculty of Life Sciences will help you acquire cutting-edge skills in current research issues. Your supervisors are commited to giving you a high-quality academic experience and to supporting you in all stages of your doctorate.


For a successful procedure, please familiarize yourself with the habilitation regulations of the Faculty of Life Sciences in good time by looking into the Statutory Regulations for Habilitation.

Statutory Regulations for Habilitation
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Habilitation: Confirmation of submission of legal deposit copies AT University Library

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Doctoral studies

To structure your degree programme you can choose from a number of Doctoral Training Programmes. In addition to subject specific skills, at our Graduate Academy you can acquire key qualifications that will enhance your international networking and career development.

As soon as you found a supervisor for your doctorate studies, you apply to be enrolled in the doctoral registry. This will also enable you to be immatriculated as a research student.

Depending on how you want to structure your studies, once you are enrolled on the docotral list you start collecting ETCS credits by attending colloquia, visiting workshops, presenting a poster, or giving talks at scientific events.

After completing your written thesis, you apply for examination. Examination entry is granted by the Faculty Board. Your thesis is examined and graded by appointed reviewers. If the reviewers recommend acceptance of your thesis, a date is set for you to defend your thesis viva voce.

After a successful defence, you complete your examination by depositing legal copies of your thesis with the University Library.

You are then entitled to be given your doctorate certificate.

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