Detailed information about your doctorate
Along with the Letter of Admission to doctoral training, doctoral students receive an information sheet providing detailed information about the documents they need to register for the doctorate. You must register at the earliest possible opportunity after beginning your doctoral training. Matriculation is mandatory throughout your doctoral studies. Without registering for the doctorate, it is not possible to earn credit points.
The pages in this section provide information about the doctoral degree structure (process for doctorate) and the final stage of doctoral training (graduation & publication). A full set of important documents relating to the doctorate can be found in documents & factsheets. Information about the Faculty’s doctoral programs is available in the doctoral programs section.
On the occasion of the implementation of the “Employment and Supervision of Doctoral Students/ Postdocs at the University of Basel” process, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences defined the applicable processes at the faculty that deviate from the university process. You can find more information here.
No. The required credit points must be earned during the doctoral training.
Yes, the Doctoral Agreement can be adapted during the doctorate to reflect changes in circumstances. If changes are made to the general framework defined on the cover page, a…more
Yes, external second supervisors must hold a comparable qualification and position as internal second supervisors and hold the right to confer doctorates at their home…more
No, but credit points should ideally be spread across the entire duration of the doctorate and not completed “in one go”.
The Doctoral Agreement can be dissolved by mutual consent at any time before the student registers for the doctoral examination. In the event of a conflict, if the doctoral…more
During doctoral training, curriculum-based courses carry at least 12 credit points in individual doctorates and at least 18 credit points in doctoral programs. Students can…more
Credit points earned at other higher education institutions can be credited provided they fulfil the criteria for a doctoral-level course and attendance has been agreed with…more
The doctoral examination consists of a dissertation defense based on the evaluation report provided in advance. Each member of the Doctoral Committee produces a report on the…more
Provided the Doctoral Agreement has been concluded, the Individual Plan of Study will be discussed with the first supervisor during the first semester. All academic…more
The dissertation grade is calculated as the average of all grades awarded by the reviewers. The doctoral examination is awarded one grade determined by all examiners together.…more
Emeritus professors cannot supervise new doctorates after they have left the University. Their right to examine and confer doctoral degrees also ceases after three years.
In the curriculum-based section of the doctoral training, doctoral students must generally earn a minimum of 12 credit points in an individual doctorate and 18 credit points…more
Doctoral candidates should register for the doctoral examination and submit their dissertation at the latest four months before the desired oral examination date. Please note…more
The dissertation is considered accepted if none of the grades is below 4.0.
The Doctoral Agreement supports and guides the optimal configuration and supervision of the doctorate.
Every doctorate is supported by a Doctoral Committee. This committee usually consists of a first and second supervisor but can also include a third person. The first…more
The first supervisor must be appointed when the application for admission to a doctorate is submitted. The application to act as first supervisor must be submitted to the…more
The Doctoral Agreement must be concluded between the doctoral student and the first supervisor or the Doctoral Committee during the first semester of the doctorate. The form…more
Any Group I professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Basel can serve as first supervisor.
Members of Group II (assistant professors…more