How is the doctoral training structured?

The doctorate comprises

  • a dissertation
  • a curriculum-based academic program
  • a doctoral examination.

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 in structured doctoral programs. At least two thirds of the credit points must come from the area of subject-specific and methodological skills; a maximum of a third can be earned for transferable skills (see doctoral agreement fact sheet).

The precise structure of the academic program to be completed is agreed between the Doctoral Committee and the doctoral student, and defined and documented in the Individual Plan of Study. Insofar as possible, the academic program should be distributed throughout the duration of the doctoral studies, and comprise different types of courses. The curricula of the doctoral programs and graduate schools are defined in complementary regulations.