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Conferral of Doctorates

At TU Berlin there is one PhD regulation effective for all faculties. For gaining a doctor’s degree the candidate has to go through this examination procedure. The formal requirement for gaining a PhD degree is that the student has earned a Master’s degree from a university or a German Fachhochschule or a degree of a similar level (Diplom, Magister, Staatsexamen) in the research field of the doctorate. Furthermore, the candidate must write a dissertation and pass an oral exam.

Because of its broad specter of fields the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science awards two different kinds of PhD degree:

  • Doktor(in) der Ingenieurwissenschaften (Dr.-Ing.)
  • Doktor(in) der Naturwissenschaften (Dr. rer. nat.)

In the past, there was an additional degree ‘Doktor(in) der Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Dr. rer. oec.)’ which ceased to be awarded. The research field of the dissertation determines which of the two degrees is awarded (i.e. not the specialization in which the PhD student holds his/her Master’s degree). Dissertations with a specialization in electrical engineering or computer science are usually awarded with a Dr.-Ing. degree. If the specialization of the dissertation is in mathematics or natural science, a Dr. rer. Nat. degree is awarded. If the degree is outside of the subject area or from a foreign university, additional courses and exams can be required. In order to clarify this and other formal questions, the doctorate regulations require a letter of intent (application as a doctoral candidate) at an early stage. The faculty decides whether this letter of intent is accepted or declined. At the same time it is determined if and which additional exams or courses the graduate student has to take.

Students holding a Diploma degree of a German Fachhochschule can be accepted if their final mark is above average (at least „good“) and after having passed the assessment tests.

Contact point for information, forms and all other dissertation issues in the faculty of electrical engineering and computer science is the faculty’s administration department.


Applications as doctoral candidates can be submitted any time.

The deadlines for submitting your Ph.D. thesis (+ admission to doctoral procedure) are:

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 12:00 (noon)

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 12:00 (noon)

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 12:00 (noon)

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 12:00 (noon)


For guidelines and forms for dual programs (Doppelpromotionen/Cotutelle de Thèse), please, contact the faculty's service center.

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Jana Peich
+49 (0) 30 314-22229
Room MAR 6.009

Ombudsperson for Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral Examination Dates

«September 17»

Doctoral Candidates