Doctorate

Doctorate in an innovative and excellent research environment

The Department of History and Social Sciences offers committed young researchers an outstanding research environment. The doctorate at the Department is regarded as a scientific qualification and the first stage of a career, in which the doctoral candidates qualify for different career goals.

There are two ways of gaining a doctorate at the Technical University of Darmstadt:

  • Traditional – doctoral candidates carry out research individually under the supervision of the supervisor and are not bound to a mandatory programme of studies.
  • Structured – doctoral candidates conduct their studies within the context of a structured doctoral programme, mostly in a group with other early career researchers.

All Information concerning doing a doctorate at the Technical University of Darmstadt can be found at the web page for Early Career Researchers.

Degrees are granted by the departments at the Technical University of Darmstadt. This means you need to be accepted as a doctoral candidate by a department. To apply for acceptance as a doctoral candidate, a formal application is made to the department’s doctoral board.

8th Amendment to the Doctoral Regulations

(The English translation is for information purposes only. The legally binding document is the German version).

Part of the procedure for the admission of a doctoral candidate includes establishing whether the person has the necessary qualifications to do a doctorate or whether proof of any further examinations needs to be provided.

General information about the doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt

Special Additional Regulations of the Department 2

The doctoral board usually meets at the beginning and at the end of a semester to decide on received applications. All applications to be processed must be submitted to the departmental office at least 21 days before the doctoral board meeting.

1. Supervision during the doctorate

A doctoral project should be accompanied by a supervisor. As a rule, this supervisor is a member of the professorship of the Department of History and Social Sciences. Please get in contact with them.

2. Admission to the doctorate

The doctoral relationship begins with the acceptance of the student as a doctoral candidate. You submit an application for acceptance as doctoral student at the Department of History and Social Sciences. The doctoral board is responsible for deciding on whether to accept a doctoral candidate.

3. Doctorate

You work on your doctoral project and write a dissertation.

4. Initiation the doctoral examination procedure

The doctoral examination procedure is initiated by a written application submitted by the doctoral candidate to the dean of the responsible department, once your dissertation is completed. The doctoral board decides on whether to approve the initiation of the doctoral examination procedure.

5. Publication of the dissertation

After passing the examination, the doctoral candidate must publish the dissertation within a period of one year, taking into account any conditions stipulated by the examination committee.

Detailed process descriptions, forms and documents can be found in the following sections. If you have any questions, please contact the .

1. Obtain supervision commitment

All future doctoral candidates must obtain a written confirmation of supervision from the supervisor.

(cf. doctoral regulations § 7 (1))

2. Registration / enrollment online

Online registration is obligatory for a doctorate at the TU Darmstadt; enrollment as a doctoral student is voluntary. Both options are possible all year round without deadlines. In order to register online, you first need the department's confirmation of supervision.

The selection of the online portal depends on the country of your university entrance qualification (HZB).

Please go through the application process in the respective portal. Do not be confused by the term “application/online application”; for technical reasons, this term is used for both registration and enrollment as a doctoral student.

University entrance qualification from Germany: TUCaN

University entrance qualification from abroad: movein

3. After registration in the online portal

After completing the online application, an application for registration / enrollment is generated in the portal. Please submit this to the departmental office of the Department of History and Social Sciences together with the documents for the application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate.

Further Information

General information on doctoral studies

Details on registration/enrollment

FAQ about the doctorate

(cf. § 7 of the doctoral regulations)

In order to apply for acceptance as a doctoral candidate at Department 2, please fill out the form for application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate and send it together with

  • A curriculum vitae (CV);
  • A proof of a university degree that entitles the student to complete their doctorate according to the doctoral regulations;
  • A written statement from the recommended supervisor confirming the supervision. A recommendation for the supervisor in accordance with § 10 (1); if a supervisor is recommended in accordance with § 11 (2) b), an additional positive vote by a member of the group of professors in the department must be presented;

to the departmental office of Department 2. The doctoral board is responsible for deciding on whether to accept a doctoral candidate. As soon as the doctoral board has dealt with your application, you will be informed of the decision by mail.

(cf. § 8 of the doctoral regulations).

The doctoral examination procedure is initiated by a written application submitted by the doctoral candidate to the dean of the responsible department. The following must be enclosed with the application to initiate the doctoral examination procedure:

  • A CV and overview of the student's education.
  • One to six printed copies of the dissertation according to the guidelines in the specific regulations (one copy for each member of the examination committee and one copy for the department) and an identical electronic copy for the completion of the doctoral examination procedure (see requirements for the title page of a dissertation).
  • A declaration that the electronic version is identical to the printed version (see declaration on the transfer of rights (license publication)).
  • A declaration about whether the student has previously attempted to obtain a doctorate. If this is the case, further information must be provided on the date, university, dissertation topic and result of the attempt (see declaration on the transfer of rights (license publication)).
  • Proof of payment of the doctoral fee of 100 EUR must be provided in the form of the corresponding receipt.

The fee in the amount of 100 EUR is to be transferred to the following account:
(bank details of the Technical University of Darmstadt):
Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Darmstadt
Account no. 704 300 (sort code 508 501 50)
IBAN: DE36 5085 0150 0000 7043 00,
BIC / SWIFT-Code: HELADEF1DAS
Intended purpose: Doctoral fees FB 2
For registered doctoral students, the registration number is also required.

(cf. §§ 14, 15, 16 of the doctoral regulations).

An oral examination is held by the examination committee for every doctoral candidate individually in the form of a dissertation defence. All referees produce a reasoned evaluation of the dissertation that is submitted to the departmental office. The departmental office forwards the referee evaluations to the members of the doctoral board and the examination committee and makes the dissertation and the evaluations available for viewing.

As soon as all evaluations have been received by the departmental office of Department 2, the appointed examination committee and the candidate will be informed. The scheduling of the date for the oral examination will then be organized by the members of the examination board. The departmental office of Department 2 only invites to the dissertation defence on the scheduled date and provides a room for the oral examination.

(cf. § 19 of the doctoral regulations).

After passing the examination, the doctoral candidate must publish the dissertation within a period of one year, taking into account any conditions stipulated by the examination committee (§ 17 (3)). The version to be published must be checked by the first referee to ensure that it complies with any possible conditions and approved for publication.

If the doctoral candidate fails to comply with the publication or submission obligation within one year, § 20 para. 4 and 24 para. 2 shall be applied. The time limit according to § 20, para. 1, is extended to two years if proof is provided that the dissertation has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal (cf. § 21, para. 2)

Documents for the publication of the dissertation

Dissertation Title Page Specifications

Declaration of transfer of rights (license publication)

Further documents and information

(cf. §§ 20, 21, 22 of the doctoral regulations).

The respective number of obligatory copies can be found in §20 of the doctoral regulations. As soon as proof of publication has been provided, the University and State Library Darmstadt will inform the responsible department about the delivery. The doctorate will then be awarded by issuing the doctoral certificate to the doctoral candidate. From this point in time, the student awarded the doctorate has the right to carry the doctoral title.

If a certificate of the successful dissertation defence is required between the successful dissertation defence and the issuing of the doctoral certificate, the departmental office will provide a respective document upon informal request.

(cf. §§ 17, 21, 22 of the doctoral regulations).

The right to carry the doctoral title begins only after the completion of the doctorate.

As soon as proof of publication has been provided, the University and State Library Darmstadt will inform the responsible department about the delivery. The doctorate will then be awarded by issuing the doctoral certificate to the doctoral candidate. From this point in time, the student awarded the doctorate has the right to carry the doctoral title.