Disserdation / Rigorosum


Doctoral students are entitled to enroll in the rigorous courses if they fulfill the curriculum requirements. The prerequisites for registration for the final examination are the positive completion of the specified courses and the positive grading of the dissertation.

Submission of application

In order to complete a doctoral program, it is necessary to submit an application for admission to the Rigorous. This application must be submitted together with the application for the appointment of the supervisors of a dissertation in the office of the Vice-Rector – Mrs. Martina Rosenmeier (Aktsaal). The need for external assessors must be consulted personally with the Vice-Rectorate for Academic Affairs. All the forms mentioned above are available at the Office of Student Affairs or can be downloaded below. If the applications are approved, the form “Beurteilung der Dis­ser­ta­ti­on“ will be sent to the appointed examiner. In addition to the application for the Rigorous examination, two bound copies of the dissertation must be handed in at the Vice-Rectorate for Academic Affairs.


Admission to the Rigorosum

Appointment of the examiner

Submission of the dissertation


Date and procedure of the Rigorosum

The Rigorosum can take place at the earliest two weeks after the application has been submitted. During the Rigorosum, the dissertation must be defended in its scientific context before the examination senate. The examination senate consists of those university teachers who have supervised and/or evaluated the dissertation.

The candidate can arrange with the supervisor and the second assessor the date, place and time of the Rigorosum and inform the Vice-Rector for Teaching, who will then invite the members of the examination senate.


Formal requirements for dissertations

Each dissertation copy must be bound with glued back and hard cover. The first and last name must be indicated on the spine. It is recommended that the first pages of the dissertation be designed according to the guidelines and that abstracts be written in both German and English (max. 250 words each) and included in the work.

Info sheet – Guide


Evaluation and awarding of the final certificates

After the final examination of the Rigorosum, all media borrowed from the library must be returned and the proof (printed pdf confirmation) of the entry of statistical data (see links in the box on the upper right) must be presented to the Study Administration Office.

With the positive evaluation of the Rigorosum and the dissertation, the doctoral program is completed, and the academic degree is awarded by the Vice-Rector for Education. At the end of each semester, a ceremonial doctoral examination takes place. Participation is free of charge and must be registered in the study department.