Please note the information on this page is intended to aid your understanding but has no legal effect. Only the official German text of the doctoral degree regulations linked to above ('Promotionsordnung') is legally binding.
Application for doctoral study
Required documents for application for doctoral study (pursuant to §12 of the doctoral degree regulations, as amended on 16 May 2012)
- application form, to be submitted to the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards
- certified copies of any supporting documents showing that the applicant fulfils the admission requirements in accordance with §12, sec. 1, line 1, no. 1, sec. 2 or sec. 3 of the doctoral degree regulations (see below for details)
- curriculum vitae in German or English. This should, in particular, show your education history and any work experience.
- a written statement that the applicant has not previously attempted and failed doctoral study elsewhere for the title of Dr. rer. nat. (achieving a final fail).
One of the following:
- a good Diplom, Magister or Master's degree and examination certificate in computer science or mathematics or a related discipline, awarded by a German* university or an equivalent degree awarded by a foreign higher education institution
- the Bavarian state examination certificate for teachers at Gymnasium secondary schools, if the dissertation ('Zulassungsarbeit') was written on a topic related to mathematics or computer science and received a minimum mark of 'Gut' (according to the German marking scheme)
- a good Master's degree and examination certificate in computer science or mathematics or a related discipline, awarded by a German* university of applied sciences ('Fachhochschule') or an equivalent degree from a foreign higher education institution
- a good Diplom and examination certificate in computer science or mathematics or a related discipline, awarded by a German* university of applied sciences ('Fachhochschule') or with an overall average mark of 2.0 or better (according to the German marking scheme)
* Please note that 'German' in this context is defined as 'within the area of application of the German Basic Law'.
Documents to be submitted for the doctoral procedure (as of May 2012)
Thesis submission (pursuant to §§13 and 14 of the doctoral degree regulations, as amended on 16 May 2012)
- a copy of the letter of admission to doctoral study
- the doctoral thesis written in German or English
- a cover sheet with the following information:
- this thesis is submitted to the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics
- month and year of submission
- 11 typed or printed copies and one electronic copy should be submitted to the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards (please agree on a data format and data medium for the electronic copy beforehand with the Chairperson)
- an affidavit from the doctoral candidate, declaring that the presented thesis is his/her own work – i.e. prepared without help from others, without using any sources and aids other than those disclosed in the thesis – and that all ideas taken from other sources, whether reproduced verbatim or expressed in the author's own words, have been identified as such
- a declaration to the effect that the doctoral thesis has not previously been published in full
- when publishing excerpts of the doctoral thesis, a register (including a notice identifying the part of the text published) should be enclosed, as well as a copy of the publication
- declaration by the candidate that the thesis has not been the subject of another doctoral or other assessment
- declaration by the doctoral candidate, indicating any doctorates previously attempted or completed, indicating the exact type of doctoral degree
- if required, the doctoral candidate's written request, to be sent to the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards, to hold the viva voce examination in English (this must be approved by all members of the Board of Examiners for Doctoral Awards)