Doctoral Studies at the Faculty of Natural Sciences

On completing their doctoral studies, students are awarded a doctorate – the highest academic title which can be achieved through successfully passing examinations at one of the universities in Germany authorised to prepare and examine doctoral students.

 

At Leibniz University Hannover, each faculty bears sole responsibility for its doctoral programme. This also applies to the way in which doctoral studies are structured.

On completing their doctoral studies, students are awarded a doctorate – the highest academic title which can be achieved through successfully passing examinations at one of the universities in Germany authorised to prepare and examine doctoral students.

 

At Leibniz University Hannover, each faculty bears sole responsibility for its doctoral programme. This also applies to the way in which doctoral studies are structured.

Please note [updated continuously]

Corona protection measures restrict processes and accessibility:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Faculty of Natural Sciences has decided to close the Doctoral Students' Office for personal consultation until further notice. Please contact the Doctoral Student's Office by e-mail or – during office hours – by phone.

Application documents can be submitted by mail. There is a mailbox for the Faculty of Natural Sciences outside of building 3403, Appelstr. 11A.

The display of doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences was resumed on April 21, 2020.

Resumption of doctoral procedures (viva):

Due to the changed general conditions (7 May 2020), disputations or oral examinations can be held again at the Faculty of Natural Sciences with immediate effect in accordance with the corona and hygiene regulations. This change currently requires an adjustment of the academic processes.
From Wednesday, 13 May 2020, appointment requests can be submitted by e-mail. Please make sure that the necessary deadlines are adhered to when scheduling appointments.

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BRIEF OVERVIEW: INFORMATION ON DOCTORATES AT THE FACULTY

At the Faculty of Natural Sciences, decisions concerning applications during the various steps of the doctoral study procedure are taken by the Faculty Council  or the Dean.

As a doctoral student in the Faculty of Natural Sciences you will be entitled to take a very tailored, yet multi-disciplinary range of advanced training courses aimed at providing practical support for your scientific work and personal development. To this end, you can avail yourself of the complementary courses offered by two different service facilities: GRANAT, the Faculty's own graduate school, and the Graduate Academy of Leibniz University Hannover.

GRANAT offers you a range of advanced training courses specifically tailored to meet the requirements of natural scientists. This range of courses perfectly complements the interdisciplinary-oriented programme offered by the Graduate Academy which targets doctoral students from all faculties at the university.

PEOPLE TO CONTACT

Doctorate-related issues

If you have any questions relating to doctoral studies or if you are looking for a supervisor for your doctorate, please contact the professors of the relevant institutes directly:

Administrative issues

If you have any questions regarding administrative procedures, please contact the Doctoral Students' Office of our faculty: