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Doctoral Research at the Faculty of Business Administration and Econonomics

This section contains extensive information for doctoral candidates as well as all the forms you will need. Please also refer to the Heinrich Heine University's Doctoral research website.

First of all, you must find a full-time professor in the Faculty to supervise your doctorate. Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with this. A recognition procedure then follows in which your prior study achievements are assessed. Following this assessment, it may be necessary for you to undertake studies in your doctoral subject in preparation of your doctorate.

Process of the doctoral project & procedure

Before starting to work on your doctoral dissertation, i.e. before or on your first day as a doctoral researcher, the proposed doctorate must be registered. Please submit the basic information first to the Dean's office only via e-mail and then send the required documents according to §4 (1) of the Doctorate Regulations to the Dean´s office.

 Documents that are required in accordance with § 4 (1) PhD regulation:

Regulations and principles to be observed:
Information for cumulative dissertations

For a cumulative dissertation there are several publications in a specialist journal with an accepted method of evaluation necessary. The included publication must have already been published, accepted for publication or submitted. Manuscripts in preparation cannot be part of a cumulative dissertation. Your supervisor will decide how many publications you need.

The dissertation consists of the individual publications, as well as a comprehensive text accompanying the classification of publications in a broader scientific context. After handing in each paper, you must have an extra page featuring the following: name of the journal, impact factor, how much you have contributed in %, whether as primary or secondary author.

 

 

 

Before personally starting the doctoral examination procedure at the Dean's office, binding registration is required. Registration should not take place until after completion of your dissertation and shortly before submission of all documents to the Dean's office.

Documents to be submitted:

After submitting all the required documents, the reviewers will be instructed to present their reviews within a maximum of four months.

You will be informed as soon as the reviews have been submitted. Consultation period for the dissertation is 14 calendar days and 7 days for the objection period.

The oral examination lasts at least one hour and consists in accordance with § 9 of the following two parts:

  • 30 minutes free presentation on your dissertation (at most)
  • 30 minutes of questions on this presentation (at least)

Following the oral examination, the chairman of the examination panel will issue you with a certificate of the overall grade for your examination. The oral examination is public, unless the participant has indicated in writing that he/she does not agree.

Along with the task of writing an expert assessment, all reviewers are sent a revision sheet. Before the permission for printing can be issued, these revision sheets must be signed and returned to the Dean's office. After passing the oral examination and presentation of all revision sheets, the permission to print will be issued. Before this occurs, the dissertation may not be published.

Along with the task of writing an expert assessment, all reviewers are sent a revision sheet. Before the permission for printing can be issued, these revision sheets must be signed and returned to the Dean's office. After passing the oral examination and presentation of all revision sheets, the permission to print will be issued. Before this occurs, the dissertation may not be published.

The dissertation must be published within one year of successfully passing the oral examination.

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