Timeline

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The maximum duration for a doctorate is 6 years. Please check the doctoral studies milestones below.  

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Ongoing

Doctoral students have to acquire 12 credit points during their doctoral studies.

Information about credit points

1 year after enrolment

If no qualifying exams have to be passed:

A research plan has to be handed in at the Doctoral Administration Office of the Department within 12 months of enrolment.

If qualifying exams have to be passed:

Qualifying exams are defined after enrolment. They have to be approved by the Prorector for Doctoral Studies and the Doctoral Committee of the Department. Qualifying exams have to be taken and passed within 12 months of approval.
Only after the qualifying examinations are passed the research plan can be handed in.

Information about the research plan

3 years after enrolment

The first co-examiner has to be approved at the latest 3 years after the beginning of the doctorate.

Additional co-examiners may be nominated and approved by the Department Conference later on. However, you have to make sure that your co-examiners are approved by a Department Conference preceding your doctoral examination.

Information about co-examiners

Approx. 6 months before the doctoral examination

Co-examiners

Requests for approval of co-examiners who have not been approved yet must now be submitted.

Information about co-examiners

Credit points

It is recommended to have the credit points confirmed now. Please get the confirmation on the doctoral examination registration form at the Administration Office of the Department.

Information about credit points

Important

Doctoral students are responsible for distributing copies of their thesis to the supervisor and co-examiners in good time.

1-3 months before the doctoral examination

Date and time of examination

Agree on a date and time for your doctoral examination with your supervisor, co-examiners and the Chair.  

Information about organising the doctoral examination

Co-examiners

Check if all co-examiners have been approved, and if not, urgently hand in a request for approval.

Information about co-examiners

Credit points

If you haven't confirmed your credit points yet, urgently get the confirmation of the Department on the doctoral examination registration form.

Information about credit points

Important

Doctoral students are responsible for distributing copies of their thesis to the supervisor and co-examiners in good time.

Min. 12 working days before the doctoral examination

Register for the examination at the Doctoral Administration Office (Academic Services) min. 12 working days before your examination date.

Information about examination registration

The Doctoral Administration of the Physics Department receives the copy of the thesis handed in at the Doctoral Administration Office (Academic Services) upon registration.

The Doctoral Administration of the Department will issue and distribute invitations to the examination.

They will also ask the supervisor and the co-examiners to hand in the reports on the thesis.

Important
Doctoral students are responsible for distributing copies of their thesis to the supervisor and co-examiners in good time.

At the doctoral examination date

Doctoral examinations at D-PHYS last at least 1 hour.

Information about doctoral examinations

After the doctoral examination

The Department Conference (DK) will approve the thesis.

Once the thesis has been approved by the Department Conference, the title and content may no longer be changed.

After approval by the Department Conference, the final confirmation is given at the official doctoral graduation date. After the doctoral graduation date you will automatically be de-matriculated. From that moment on the examination will officially be considered as passed, and the Doctoral Administration Office (Academic Services) will issue a provisional confirmation.

The deposit copies of the thesis have to be handed in within 6 months from the doctoral graduation date.

Detailed information is available on the student portal

The doctoral studies milestones are summarised in the doctoral studies instructions document. (PDF, 78 KB)

 
 
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23.05.2017
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