Doctoral degree  

Doctoral degree

Thesis and academic titles

A doctoral candidate will be awarded the title typically conferred by the faculty (Charité, Life Science HU, Philosophy HU or FU, Psychology FU, etc.) in which he or she is enrolled. Which department a doctoral candidate chooses will depend on the affiliation of their main supervisor(s). Exact requirements for the final examinations (doctoral thesis or series of peer-reviewed publications, expertise, thesis defense) depend on the regulations of the respective faculty. Generally, doctoral theses may be written and defended in English or German. Candidates should check whether they will have to make a special application for English.

To give examples: a biologist will be awarded a Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) and a psychologist a Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.) at Humboldt-Universität or a Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.) at Freie Universität. Psychologists or biologists enrolled in the Charité university medical school will be awarded a Doctor rerum medicinalium (Dr. rer. medic.) or a PhD whereas candidates with a medical degree may be awarded a Doctor medicinae (Dr. med.). A doctoral candidate in philosophy or linguistics will be awarded a Doctor philosophiae (Dr. phil.).

All doctoral degrees listed above are highly respected nationally and internationally.

Doctoral candidates will discuss their degree options with the management (admissions officer) and with their supervisors.

Certificates, supplements, transcripts

To highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Mind and Brain graduate program, a special Certificate will be issued, together with the University’s Doctoral Certificate. A Supplement will describe the educational concept (teaching program, lecture series, presentations, etc.) and the quality standards of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain doctoral program and degree. A Transcript of Records will list seminars and course successfully completed.

This page last updated on: 20 October 2017

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