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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Admission to the doctoral examination process

Requirements

 


University degrees based on a minimum of eight semesters of accredited university studies and completed with a final research dissertation (generally a Diplom, Magister or master’s degree).

Finding an academic adviser

 


Look for an academic adviser from among the faculty’s professors or academics with postdoctoral degrees. Visit the department websites for an overview. The academic adviser signs the application for admission and offers advice on a suitable specialisation for your doctoral subject.

Application for admission

 

 

Please hand in your application for admission (please do not print double-sided!) signed by your supervisor.

Certificates and transcripts

 

 

With your application for admission please bring the certificates and transcripts of all your degrees (e.g. BA and MA) as certified copies or the original with a simple copy.

International degrees - confirmation of equivalence

 

 

Please note that only documents in English or German can be accepted, it might be necessary to get an official translation of your documents. To make sure that your degrees are equivalent to a german University's Master degree we need a confirmation of equivalence. If you already have such a confirmation please hand it in with your application and the certificates and transcripts. If you do not have a confirmation of equivalence we will forward your documents to the relevant department. Your application can only be processed if we have this confirmation.

Notification of admission

 


The Doctoral Office will review your application. Following approval from the department and the Doctoral Degrees Committee, you will receive notification of admission from the Doctoral Office. Your notarised certificates, certificate of equivalence and a copy of the notification of admission will remain in the Doctoral Office for your subsequent doctoral examination process and will not be forwarded to the university Admissions Office.
Your four-year period of doctoral studies officially begins on the date of your notification of admission.

Matriculation

 


You must enrol as a doctoral student at the Student Service Centre or the Admissions Office for International Students Academic Affairs within a month of being admitted to doctoral studies. You must remain enrolled until the doctoral examination process has begun.