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The University of Stuttgart has new doctoral degree regulations (starting april 1st 2016).

Here you find more Information.

The doctoral committee (meeting dates, see "Kleiner Promotionsausschuss") of the faculty of chemistry has decided that the achievement of the doctoral degree within the department has to follow this way:

1. Admission request

You have to submit your application for admission at the beginning of the work on your PhD thesis.

2. Proposal of an examination committee

To enable the candidate to obtain in depth knowledge in the examination subjects, he or she is supposed to hand in an application with a suggestion of the examination committee [de], an exposé about the dissertation (approx. 1 page) and a CV. This application has to be handed in at the dean´s office to Mrs. Monika Carey at least half a year before the expected date of the oral exam and has to be signed by the supervising professor. The application can only be discussed, if you have been admitted as a Ph. D. student in a former meeting of the doctoral committee. The doctoral committee can accept or reject the proposal and appoint other examiners.

3. Finishing the thesis - final decision of the examination committee

After the finishing the dissertation (don't forget the declaration of authorship) the candidate registers at the dean´s office with one hardback of his dissertation and with the declaration of authorship as a separate letter. The doctoral committee decides on the members of the examination committee in his next meeting. Only in well reasoned cases a deviation from the preliminary composition is possible.
The candidate gives a copy of his work to each of the members of the examination committee. The main examiner and the co examiners write a report and send the original of the report to the dean´s office. If both reports are available in the deans office, the candidate arranges an appointment with the examination committee for the oral examination and he/she books a lecture room. It is necessary to send the information on the exam date and the room to the dean´s office at least 16 days before the arranged date of the examination.

4. Examination

The oral Ph. D. exam starts with a twenty minute presentation, in which the candidate explains the concepts of her or his dissertation as well as the essential results. The presentation is open to members of the university. In the oral examination, which is lasting between one and two hours and is not open to the public, the candidate has to prove that she or he has in depth knowledge in the area of her or his dissertation. This is supposed to happen in an exam conversation with the main examiner, the co-examiner and an additional examiner in another subject, which is usually related to the subject of the dissertation. The dean can appoint the examiner in the additional subject or another professor of the department to be the head of the examination committee. The oral examination takes place directly after the presentation (after the public has been excluded) in the same room in which the presentation took place. The doctoral documents are handed back to the dean´s office after the examination.

The chairman of the respective examination committee picks up the doctoral file (Promotionsakte) with the reports after the end of the 14 day display period at the dean´s office.

5. Rules for the Dissertation

The dissertation work has to comprise a summary in foreign or german language with a normal size of 2 - 5 pages, but 10 pages as a maximum. For details see the german pages.
(Decisions of the promotion committee on 22/05/1996, 11/06/1996, 21/01/1998, and 16/4/2008).

Meeting dates of the PhD commission you can finde here [de].