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Doctoral Procedures in the Department of Political and Social Sciences

The following pages have been designed on the one hand for (prospective) doctoral candidates and on the other hand for  (potential) supervisors, reviewers or further members of a doctoral commission who do not submit a written assessment. We would be grateful if you were to view the doctoral procedure also from the perspective of the other involved parties and would welcome your ideas.

Information for Doctoral Candidates will provide you with

  • chronological descriptions of both the individual and the structured doctorate
  • the requirements a cumulative doctoral thesis has to meet
  • an introduction to the conflict counselling in our department
  • a list of frequently asked questions
  • rules and regulations for the Dr. phil/Ph.D and the Dr. rer. pol./Ph.D.

On Information for Commission Members you will find information on the role of

  • supervisors
  • second assessors and
  • further members (i.e. those who do not submit a written assessment) of doctoral commissions,

the criteria for their appointment as well as their rights and duties in a doctoral procedure.


In order to slow the spread of Covid-19 and to protect fellow women and men whose health is especially jeopardized the staff of the Early Career Support have been transferred to outwork effective immediately. We will continue to be at your disposal per mail, can receive letters or parcels and will try to achive accessibility per telephone. With the consent of all involved parties defenses of doctoral theses may take place for the time being. T minimize risk of infection they must be held in camera . Please keep yourself informed of any developments via the web pages of the Freie Universitaet and the media. If the university is closed down, this will mean the immediate cancellation of all scheduled examinations.