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FAQ — Questions and Answers on Doctoral Studies in the Faculty of Arts

What do I have to do to be admitted to doctoral studies in the Faculty of Arts?

You are required to submit the following documents to the PhD office of the Faculty of Arts:

  • Application for Admission to the Qualification Phase
  • Agreement of Supervision
  • Copies of your Bachelor/Master degree certificates

What happens if I did not achieve an adequate grade in my Master’s degree?

If you did not achieve at least a grade of 2.5 (on the German 6-point grading scale) or equivalent, you will have to submit a written justification as well as a letter of support from your supervisor along with your application documents. The PhD committee decides on an individual basis whether you may be admitted to doctoral studies in the Faculty of Arts.

What is the qualification phase?

The qualification phase is the period in which the doctoral research is performed and the dissertation is written.

Which language certificates do foreign students have to provide?

The DSH certificate is accepted as evidence of German language skills. TOEFL and IELTS certificates are accepted as evidence of English language skills.

I obtained my university degree abroad. Can I be directly admitted to doctoral studies in the Faculty of Arts?

First please contact the Dean of the Faculty of Arts in writing. Please include a copy of the original degree certificate as well as a certified translation of the certificate. The Dean’s office will transfer these documents to the Central Office for Foreign Education in order to obtain confirmation of whether your degree is sufficient for doctoral studies. If this is the case, you may apply for admission to the qualification phase, should you have an appropriate German or English language certificate.

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