Please note: The english version of this website is under construction. If in doubt please refer to the german version of this site.
The Administration related to doctorates is done by Ms. Franziska Brügmann and Ms. Handan Kutlu.
General Information on doctorates at the MIN Faculty can be found here.
Subject or department related information or advise can be found below.
The topics are sorted chronologically- the further you are in your doctorate, the further below bulletpoints will be of interest.
Please also note current regulation changes due to the Corona pandemic on the Academic Service Office's main page or check here for possible absence.
Coming from abroad? You may find useful general insights here: Practical guide for prospective international students
The doctoral regulations are the legal basis for doctorates at the MIN Faculty.
The current doctoral regulations are valid for doctoral students admitted since October 1st, 2019.
The following expiring doctoral regulations are valid for doctoral students who received their admission before October 1st, 2019.
PhD students of the MIN Faculty who have already been admitted before October 1st, 2019 can continue their PhD procedure according to the current PhD Regulations MIN Faculty (2018) upon joint application with their supervisors. Further information can be found here.
Decisions concerning doctorates in Earth System Sciences are made by the
Subject Doctoral Committee
|Members who have completed a Habilitation or University Teachers|
|Prof. Dr. Dirk Gajewski (chair)||Prof. Dr. Hermann Held|
|Prof. Dr. Jens Hartmann (deputy chair)||Prof. Dr. Annette Eschenbach|
|Prof. Dr. Johanna Baehr||Prof. Dr. Felix Ament|
|Prof. Dr. Jürgen Scheffran||Prof. Dr. Udo Schickhoff|
|Prof. Dr. Boriana Mihailova|
|PD Dr. Richard Blender|
|Research Associates with a Doctoral Degree|
|PD Dr. Birgit Gaye||Dr. Thomas Pohl|
|Miriam Fuß||Theresa Lang|
You will find the dates and deadlines for the meetings here.
Also you will find the english translation of the Doctoral Degree Regulations of the MIN Faculty for better understanding here .
For admission to the doctoral program your application needs to be passed by the Doctoral Committee. The Doctoral Studies-Team at the Office of Earth System Sciences provides administrative support.
Please read the information on the application FAQs (PDF) first!
This document comprehensively prepares you for the application process.
To apply for admission, please submit the following documents*:
- Application for admission (via Docata generated PDF)
- Research outline (PDF)
- Supervision agreement (PDF)
- Copy of identification document (ID or passport)
- Copies of academic transcripts, degree certificates or diplomas (e.g. bachelor's, master's, diploma)
- Copy of certificate of higher entrance education eligibility (secondary school leaving certificate: Abitur/Reifezeugnis)
- Curriculum vitae
- List of publications
For international candidates or candidates with international degrees additionally
- Comparability form (PDF)
- Confirmation of Equivalency
Please have your supervisor confirm in a short email the equivalence of your Bachelor's (180 ECTS) and Master's (120 ECTS) degrees, especially regarding your theses.
If you do not have sufficient ECTS, admission is possible under the condition that you complete the missing credits until the completion of your dissertation. For this purpose, please obtain course or module proposals via your supervisor.
- For the "joint application" e.g. University of Hamburg and University of Melbourne please have a look at "+Joint Application".
Attention: Only applications that are complete, and submitted with English or German translation and in certified form* by the deadline will be considered at the upcoming meeting. Other applications will only be dealt with after completion at the following meeting.
CORONA SPECIFICS: Please pay special attention to p. 9 of the linked application FAQs (PDF) and submit the applications including documents and papers electronically by email first.
Please send everything in a .pdf file to our email (promotion.geo"AT"uni-hamburg.de)address. Electronic or scanned signatures will be accepted. In addition, please mail the printed and copied documents to the Office of Student Affairs or drop it in the mailbox by the elevators on the 12th floor. (This can also be done after the deadline, please don't forget).
The admission is valid for four years. Within this time, the dissertation should be submitted and the disputation held.
Interruptions of the doctoral process must be reported to the study office. An extension of the admission period must be applied for in due time. Further information can be found under the item "+Extension".
After having been admitted to the doctorate by the doctoral committee, you have to enroll for the doctoral degree program "Erdsystemwissenschaften (Promotion)" the latest for the semester following the admission until the date of your defense. Further information can be found here.
Changing from individual to structured doctoral study
If you change from an individual to a structured doctoral study after being admitted, please let us know with the following form (PDF).
Explanations concerning the format of the doctoral thesis
Explanations concerning the format of the doctoral thesis
The current doctoral degree regulations of the MIN faculty of Universität Hamburg are available at: Doctoral degree regulations (PDF)
The requirements for the format of the doctoral thesis are laid out in §7 of the regulations, which states that the thesis must take the form of either: (1) a self-contained dissertation representing the research work and its findings (§7 sec. 2a; ‘monograph’) or (2) a cumulative dissertation (§7 sec. 2b).
The departmental doctoral committee in the Earth Sciences wishes to help doctoral students understand the practical implications of this regulatory legal framework by providing the following explanatory remarks:
- The regulatory requirements for the quality of the doctoral thesis – which should be an independent, in-depth scientific work representing a scientific advance, supported by noteworthy and publishable results, see. §7 sec. 1 – are unaffected by the formal requirements for the dissertation.
- It is the responsibility of the doctoral candidate, the supervisors, and the examination committee (as specified in §6, sec. 2 of the doctoral degree regulations) to abide by all guidelines specified in §7 of the regulations, as well as the explanatory remarks in this document. The doctoral student should be advised on the two different thesis formats, including their respective advantages and disadvantages, as soon as the supervisory arrangement has been finalised.
- The cumulative dissertation, in addition to the individual papers (which should be published, submitted or intended for submission in peer-reviewed journals or books), must contain a comprehensive title and unifying text. This unifying text should describe the research context, the current state of research in the field, and the research questions; it should additionally provide an overarching interpretation, evaluation and discussion of the individual papers in the cumulative dissertation. The unifying text should be written in a way that is accessible to readers from outside the specific research area.
- It is the doctoral candidate’s responsibility to describe in detail his/her own contributions to the conception, implementation and drafting of the doctoral thesis and its parts (§7 sec. 3). The thesis should contain a description of the parts that have been published or are intended for publication, and where they have or may be published.
Resolution of the departmental doctoral committee in the Earth Sciences from August 22nd, 2018
Deadlines for submission of the dissertation and oral doctorate defense
If you wish the oral doctorate defense to take place during the same semester as the dissertation was submitted, the deadline is
for wintersemester 2019/2020: 13 November 2019
for summersemester 2020: 10 June 2020
Further deadlines can be found here (pdf)
Please note that submitting the dissertation in time does not entitle to an oral defense during the same semester. The final decision is made by the departmental doctoral committee. If you submit the dissertation after the respective deadline, the oral defense takes place in the following semester.
Please announce your intention about four weeks before submitting your dissertation. Questions can be clarified at this time.
Please check the FAQ before you apply.
If you submit your doctoral thesis (1 hardcopy and an electronic file) you have to apply here (link Docata) for being admitted to the doctoral exam. The printed dissertation has to have a durable and stable binding. Therefore, dissertations with any form of spiral binding or slide binders will not be accepted
Information about the layout of the cover page of the doctoral thesis is available here.
Propose five members of the examination commission. Please note the following:
- at least one of the reviewers of the doctoral thesis has to be a professor of the department. Normally, the supervisors have to be nominated here.
- at least three of the five members of the examination commission have to be professors of the department earth science/Min Faculty.
- no more than three of the five members of the examination commission should come from your doctoral subject.
Declaration upon oath
On submission you have to declare upon oath (according to § 59 Abs. 3 HmbHG). The affirmation has to be given in german language:
"Hiermit erkläre ich an Eides statt, dass ich die vorliegende Dissertationsschrift selbst verfasst und keine anderen als die angegebenen Quellen und Hilfsmittel benutzt habe.|
I hereby declare upon oath that I have written the present dissertation independently and have not used further resources and aids than those stated.
Please print this affirmation at the end of each copy and sign it personally under specification of date and place of issue.
Premature termination of the doctorate
We hope that you will successfully complete your doctorate. If you still decide on an early termination, please give us a note and fill out this form: termination of the doctorate (PDF)
Publication of the doctoral thesis
Within a year after successful termination of the doctorate, the doctoral thesis has to be published.
Information E-Dissertationen at UHH Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky
Oral doctorate defense
Please be aware that you are still within your admission period and enroled at the University of Hamburg until the date of your oral defense. To extend your admission please refer to "+Extension" and contact us.
For registration of the oral defense please submit the following form via email:
The doctoral candidate is required to arrange a date and, if neccessary, book a room for the oral defense.
- Currently oral defenses can take place in the following forms:
- fully digital according to this infosheet
- partly digital or physically present participation of the doctoral candidate with at least one member of the examination commission, with a maximum of all commission members plus candidate being present. Other guest are requested to join digitally. Please refer to this infosheet.
Currently it is possible that the doctorate defense can take place in person with your committee if the room is big enough to fulfil the obligatory hygiene standards. Only the candidate and at least one member of the examination committee must be present. All others (members of the university) may attend online. This hybrid form requires technical equiplemt which is avaliable e.g. in room Raum 1528 (Frau Ehrenreich, MI), or Room 22/23 at Bundesstraße 53 (Frau Terrassa, IfM).
Please contact the institutes directly if you want to book a room.
The following time slots are available in the Department for Earth Sciences during the current semester:
- tuesdays 14 - 18 h (Geomatikum Hörsaal 3)
- wednesdays 12 - 18 h (Geomatikum Hörsaal 4)
- fridays 12 - 14 h (Geomatikum Hörsaal 5)
Outside of lecture period time slots 8am-6pm in lecture halls H3-H6 can be arranged individually with the Academic Services Office.
Typically, the disputation should not take place earlier than at least 8weeks after the committee meeting. If, in exceptional cases, the oral defense is to take place less than 8 weeks after the examination commission has been appointed, the doctoral student has to arrange for this with all 5 suggested members of the commission explicitly BEFORE the submission of the dissertation, as this will be shorten the regular evaluation period according to §9 (3) of the MIN Faculty's doctoral degree regulations.