Doctoral studies

Doctoral Board

Doctoral board:

Prof. Dr. med. G. Wennemuth (Chair) Tel: +49 (0)201/723-4381
Prof. Dr. med. A. Eckstein (Vice Chair) Tel: +49 (0)201/723-2962
Prof. Dr. med. M. Kamler Tel: +49 (0)201/723-2267
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. St. Flohé Tel: +49 (0)201/723-4405
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. P. R. Dammann Tel: +49 (0)201/723-1204
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. R. A. Jánosi Tel: +49 (0)201/723-84807

Doctoral board (PhD degree):

Prof. Dr. med. G. Wennemuth (Chair) Tel: +49 (0)201/723-4381
Prof. Dr. med. A. Eckstein (Vice Chair) Tel: +49 (0)201/723-2962
Prof. Dr. med. M. Kamler Tel: +49 (0)201/723-2267
Frau Prof. Dr. med. St. Flohé Tel: +49 (0)201/723-4405
Prof. Dr. med. A. Stang Tel: +49 (0)201/92239-290
Prof. Dr. med. B. Wilde Tel.: +49 (201) 723 6082
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. P. R. Dammann Tel: +49 (0)201/723-1204
Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. R. A. Jánosi Tel: +49 (0)201/723-84807



Please note that this website is still under construction. For more detailed information, you may refer to the German version of the website.

The Medical Faculty of the University Duisburg-Essen awards several doctoral degrees for graduates from different backgrounds:

  • "Dr. med." - Medicine
  • "Dr. med. dent." - Dentistry
  • "Dr. rer. medic."  - Medical sciences, for graduates with degrees in other medically related courses

Additionally, we offer a "PhD" degree in two different specialisations:

  • PhD in "Epidemiology and Clinical Research"
  • PhD in "Virology and Immunology" 

You will find information on the standard doctoral degrees below. For information on the PhD degree, please refer to the links listed below.

Information on the new doctoral regulations ("Promotionsordnung"):

In April 2018, new regulations ("Promotionsordnung") for the doctoral studies at the Faculty of Medicine have come into effect. These apply for all candidates who have registered their thesis on or after 20 April 2018. Should you have registered before that date (i.e.: your "Gesuch auf Annahme als Doktorand" was accepted by the board), the old regulations will still be applicable to you. Please understand that unfortunately, exceptions cannot be granted.

How to apply

For Dr. med./Dr. med. dent./Dr. rer. medic.:

Before you apply to be accepted as a doctoral student by the faculty, it is essential that you find a supervisor for your thesis and agree with them on a subject for your research project and a title for your thesis.

Once that is done, you may officially apply and register with the faculty. To do that, please hand in the following documents:

  1. The form "Antrag auf Zulassung zum Promotionsstudium" (cf. download section)

  2. Your CV

  3. Certified copies of your university diplomas (Master's/Bachelor's, German Zeugnis der ärztlichen Prüfung etc. ). For foreign degrees that do not fall under European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), please also hand in a copy of your German approbation or a statement by our university's International Office confirming the equivalence of your degree.

  4. Certified copy of your school-leaving diploma (Abitur equivalent)

  5. One (signed) copy of the supervisory agreement (Betreuungsvereinbarung - cf. download section) between you and your supervisor

  6. The following statements: Stellungnahme zum Ethikvotum, Stellungnahme zu bisherigen Promotionsversuchen, Stellungnahme zur kommerziellen Vermittlung der Möglichkeit zur Promotion (cf. download section)

Afterwards, the doctorate board will review your application. If the requirements are met, you will be accepted and receive a written confirmation within two to four weeks.

Please note (Dr. med. candidates only): If you did not complete your degree in medicine at the University of Duisburg-Essen, you will have to enroll with the university as a doctorate student. Note that enrolling at the university is a separate process that can be done after you have been accepted as a doctoral student by the doctoral board. Being accepted as a doctorate student by the Faculty of Medicine does not mean automatic enrollment. To enroll, please refer to the Studierendensekretariat after you received your acceptance letter.

For PhD degrees:

For each PhD degree, there are individual application procedures overseen by the corresponding institutes. Please refer to their websites for information and how to apply and deadlines (cf. links below).

Handing in your thesis

Before printing and submitting your dissertation, please make sure that it aligns with the "Ausführungsbestimmungen" (old or new regulations) applicable to you, regarding, for example, the layout and formatting, citation style, pagination, including a list of abbreviations/tables/images, etc.

You can submit your thesis and all required documents during the office hours. Alternatively, you may send us your documents via post.

The following documents will be required:

OLD REGULATIONS: Required documents and things to consider

Please hand in the following documents:

  • The completed and signed form ‘Antrag auf Zulassung zum Promotionsverfahren’ (signed by you and your supervisor)
  • 3 hard copies of your dissertation (softcover or hardcover, layout and formal requirements can be seen in the ‘Ausführungsbestimmungen’)
  • A certified copy of your university degree diploma
  • A certified copy of your school leaving diploma (equivalent of German Abitur)
  • A hand-written CV
  • Certified copy of your birth ceritficate
  • A recent copy of your criminal record (German behördliches Führungszeugnis – must not be older than 3 months; request with "Belegart O")

If applicable, please also hand in:

  • Copy of your marriage certificate (in case your name changed)
  • 3 copies of any publications (except for abstracts). Should you not be the lead author, we also require a description of your part in the publication by your supervisor.
  • A statement by your supervisor, explaining why the number of pages or sources exceeds the set limit (100 each)

NEW REGULATIONS: Required documents and things to consider

  • The completed and signed form "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Promotionsprüfung (cf. download section)
  • 3 hard copies of your dissertation (softcover suffices, thermal binding (or hardcover), no spiral binding) and one digital copy of your dissertation (e.g. on a CD, PDF files only)
  • A short summary of your dissertation in German and English
  • The signed form detailing the completion of the required 18 credit points as well as all proofs and certificates
  • The following statements (see download section):
    • Statement "fehlgeschlagene Promotionsversuche"
    • Statement "benutzte Hilfsmittel"
    • Statement "Teilnahme an der mündlichen Prüfung"
    • (for dissertations that were conducted at outside organizations only): Statement "Betriebsgeheimnisse"

Also, if applicable:

  • Only for Dr. med. candidates who are not graduates of the University of Duisburg-Essen: Proof that you were officially enrolled in the university for 2 semesters
  • Only for candidates who wish to switch between the old and the new regulations: Certified copies of your diplomas (high school and university degrees)
  • Only for cumulative dissertations: Statement by your supervisor and all co-authors for each publication, see the download section for a template.

Please make sure all copies are certified. If your documents are in any other language than German or English, please also hand in a certified translation.

We invite your supervisor to nominate a second reviewer for your dissertation. The reviewer should not have co-authored any publication with you or belong to the same clinic or department. Any nominations can be submitted via letter or e-mail by your supervisor. The doctoral board will decide whether or not to accept the nomination.





Information on filling in your credit points form

Please enter all classes or activities you completed into the form "Leistungen im Rahmen der Qualifizierungsphase" and add the applicable credit points according to the list (Übersicht). The signature of your supervisor goes into the last column. At the end, please confirm all information with your signature.

Please make sure to give a detailed description and/or the exact title of the individual classes/activities, e.g.:

"Presenting a scientific poster titled 'TITLE' at the Xth International Conference, organized by the .... Association"

Rather than: "Presenting a scientific poster at a conference"

Regarding your own teaching, participation in colloquia and other recurring events or classes, please remember to mention their duration and frequency. If the allocation with the applicable categories of credit points is not clearly defined (e.g., 'lecture in robotics'), please specify for which category the class or activity in question should be counted.

Additionally, we ask you to hand in a certificate or confirmation for any activity or class you have done. For the two mandatory classes (Doktorand/inn/en Workshop and Good Scientific Practice), no additional confirmation is needed. In these cases, once you have the required attendance record, the organizers of those classes will sign your form at the last session of class.


Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s - New regulations)

General questions:

Do the old or the new regulations ("Promotionsordnung") apply for my dissertation?

All candidates who have registered their thesis on or after 20 April 2018 fall under the new regulations and will have to submit their application according to those. Submitting the old application form "Gesuch auf Annahme als Doktorand/in" is no longer possible. Unfortunately, exceptions to this rule cannot be granted.

All candidates who registered under the old regulations (i.e., your application form "Gesuch auf Annahme als Doktorand/in" was accepted by 20 April 2018) fall under the old regulations and can finish their project according to those.

Candidates that fall under the old regulations may switch to the new regulations if desired.


I have started working on my dissertation a while ago, but failed to register it officially. What can I do?

Unfortunately, exceptions cannot be made. You will have to register and submit your thesis under the new regulations.

I am writing my dissertation under the old regulations. Is there a way I can switch to the new regulations?

Yes, according to § 21.2, it is possible to switch to the new regulations when submitting your thesis. Naturally, this would mean that all requirements of the new regulations will apply to you (e.g., obtaining 18 credit points).

Upon handing in your tehsis, you would have to hand in the new "Antrag auf Zulassung zur Promotionsprüfung" (not the old form "Antrag auf Zulassung zum Promotionsverfahren") along with a statement in which you request the examination procedure to be conducted according to the new regulations. Additionally, we would need:

  • All documents listed under "New regulations: Required documents and things to consider"
  • In addition: Certified copies of your school leaving/A-levels diploma and your university degrees


Questions regarding registration and submission of the thesis:

What documents do I have to submit to register under the new regulations?

You will find a list further up the page. Additionally, please refer to the download section for a checklist.

Will there be a deadline for submitting my thesis after registration?

You must submit your thesis three years after your admission as a doctorate student by the doctorate board (for candidates with tentative admission: four years). Upon request, a one-year-extension to this deadline can be granted twice. Please note that there is no deadline for submitting your thesis according to the old regulations.

I did not graduate from the University of Duisburg-Essen, but I want to register as a doctorate candidate. How am I supposed to complete the two obligatory immatriculation semesters?

After admission as a doctorate candidate by the doctorate board, you will be able to immatriculate as a doctorate student. Please refer to the Studierendensekretariat.

I am interested in writing a dissertation, but I do not have a subject or a supervisor yet. Is there a list with available projects?

Unfortunately, there is no centralized list with projects. In order to find a subject and a supervisor for your project, please check out the webpages of the university hospital and contact a potential supervisor that would suit your interests directly.

How do I obtain an "Ethikvotum" for my project? Is this necessary for my particular project?

Please refer directly to the ethics board (Ethikkommission). As a rule of thumb, an Ethikvotum is necessary for all projects that deal with patients' data, including retrospective work.

External links

Graduate (doctoral) programmes

Website of the PhD programme "Epidemiology and Clinical Research"

Website of the PhD programme "Immunology and Virology"

Graduate programme "ELAN"

Graduate School of Biomedical Science (BIOME)

Contact person


Should you have any questions about your doctorate degree, please do not hesitate to contact us. Depending on the first letter of your last name, please refer to the contact person responsible for you or come by in the applicable office hours (please see below).

Heike Nierfeld

Letters A-K

Phone.: +49 (0) 201-723-1574
Dekanatsgebäude, EG, Room 16


N. N.

Letters L-Z

Dekanatsgebäude, EG, Room 16



Forms and information:

New Regulations:



Handing in your thesis:

For cumulative dissertations only:

Old regulations:

Handing in your thesis:



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