Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering

Instructions for PhD candidates

The doctoral process officially begins on the date when a candidate submits a petition for admission to the faculty council. This petition is addressed to the Dean of the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.

Regarding this petition, please note the following:

  • The petition, together with all required documents, must be received at the Dean's Office ten days prior to the faculty council meeting.
  • The petition must be complete.

In accordance with the PhD Policy, the petition must consist of the following:

1.An informal letter to the Dean clearly stating the title of your dissertation. In the petition, the candidate may also express a preference regarding the choice of chairperson/rapporteur for your examination committee.
2.

A resume (not handwritten) with photo, which in addition to the usual information also includes a detailed summary of your educational experience. (FBR 04/12)

3.

Documentation proving all educational prerequisites have been met (see Section 2, PhD Policy).

Special instructions for PhD candidates with a foreign educational degree: Please allow adequate time to establish the equivalence of your degrees!

4.

Printout of the PhD database, signed by the supervisor.

5.

Four copies of the typewritten dissertation. All copies must be bound (adhesive, not spiral binding) and include a title page (see sample), number of pages, a short abstract in German and English, a reference list, and a biography of the author (at the end of the dissertation).

  • Alternatively, the English language may be allowed. Other official European languages are only allowed after consultation with the members of the doctoral committee and after approval by the faculty council.
  • The dissertation must include an introductory summary or Abstract in German and English language (each 0,5 pages in length) (FBR 08/2017)
  • The dissertation should include a listing of the thesis papers that have contributed in some way to the dissertation.
  • Please note the following: The examination committee is determined by the faculty council at the official start of the doctoral process. For this reason, it is not permitted to make reference to potential examiners or the chairperson in the version submitted, not even in any of the acknowledgments you might make.
6.A sworn statement attesting to the fact that the dissertation is the candidate’s own product and that all sources used in its preparation have been referenced in the work; also, that the dissertation or any section of it has not been submitted to any state or any other scientific examination for credit; and, whether the same dissertation or any other version of it was ever submitted to another department or to another university and, if so, with what grade.
7.A police certificate of good conduct. A certificate is not required if the candidate is currently employed in public service or is enrolled at the time of the application.

Additional notes:

The preferred examination language is German. Alternatively, the English language may be allowed. Other official European languages are only allowed after consultation with the members of the doctoral committee and after approval by the faculty council. The examination normally lasts 30-60 minutes.

 

 

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