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Schedule Step by Step

1. Confirmation of Supervision and Financing

If you have decided to do a doctorate in a field of interest to you, the next step is to find a suitable supervisor for your doctoral project. 

Usually, doctoral students work as research assistants at the institutes of the Clausthal University of Technology or in a company that cooperates with the Clausthal University of Technology within the framework of a research cooperation. It may therefore be interesting for you to look through the job vacancies at Clausthal University of Technology or to contact individual professors directly about the possibility of working on a doctoral project. However, scholarships from various study foundations are also possible.


2. Admission to Doctoral Studies

Before starting work on your dissertation, i.e. as soon as you have received a confirmation of supervision, every doctoral student must submit an application for admission to doctoral studies at the dean's office of the respective faculty (Faculty 1 - Faculty of Natural and Materials Science, Faculty 2 - Faculty of Energy and Economic Sciences, Faculty 3 - Faculty of Mathematics/Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering).  The following documents are required (see also websites of the respective faculty):

- Application for Approval

- Supervision Agreement

- Proposal of Services for Doctoral Studies (Doctoral Study Plan)

- Explanation of Doctoral Attempts


3. Registration

According to § 9 Paragraph 2 Sentence 4 NHG (Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz), doctoral students must register as doctoral students. Registration takes place at the Study Centre (Student Secretary).

Information on the semester fee (currently € 185 for doctoral students) can be found at:


4. Processing of the Doctoral Project

As soon as you have completed all formal/legal steps, you can start planning and processing your doctoral project. If you have any questions on the topic of doctoral studies or need advice, please contact us. The Graduate Academy will be happy to advise you on the preparation of a personal curriculum, on the subject of qualification offers, graduate support or career development.


5. Opening of the Doctoral Procedure

After completing your dissertation and the opening of the doctoral process, please submit the following documents to the faculty after consultation with your supervisor:

- Opening Application (see websites of the respective faculties)

- Affidavit (see also "Rules to ensure good scientific practice and procedures in case of suspicion of scientific misconduct")

- Statistic Sheet

A sample for the title page of the dissertation can be found in the joint doctoral regulations of the faculties.

The Faculty Council will decide on the opening of the doctoral procedure at the next meeting or by circulation procedure. Please inform yourself about the next meeting dates of the faculty councils on the websites of the respective faculties 1, 2, 3.


6. Publication of Your Dissertation

Once you have passed your oral examination, you must apply for permission to print within one year (the period begins on the day of the oral examination). Please fill in the application form, sign it and have it countersigned by your supervisor. The application must be submitted to the Dean's Office of the Faculty in order to obtain the necessary permission for final publication from the Dean.

- Application for permission to print (the corresponding forms can be found on the websites of the faculties 1, 2, 3)

- Information on electronic publication (§ 12 Abs. 2 a Promotionsordnung vom 15.11.2016)

- Information for publication as a book in a publishing house (§ 12 Abs. 2 c Promotionsordnung vom 15.11.2016)


7. Alumni-Service

Clausthal University of Technology would like to maintain contact with its alumni. If you are also interested in keeping in touch with your university and your former fellow students and in receiving invitations to events at the university, you can register free of charge and without obligation in the alumni database under the following link:


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