Frequently asked Questions
Regulations 2006 vs. 2020
|Regulations 2006||Regulations 2020|
|Dr. rer nat. / Dr. sc. ed. (Didaktik)||Dr. rer. nat. / Ph.D.|
|Papers and Manuskripts can be included in cumulative dissertations only.||Publications and Manuskripts can be included.|
|A cumulative dissertation requires an application.||A thesis is cumulative as of 3 publications.|
|A summary in German and in english is required||A summary in German or in english is required.|
|Included publications remain part of the public dissertation. (the doctoral student needs o clarify the copy right regulations)||Upon publications of the dissertation, included papers can be replaced by literature references.|
|Supervisors usually are reviewers.||Supervisors can be reviewers.|
|Certificate and diploma in german only.||Certificate and diploma in german and english.|
|Registration as a doctoral student at the University is required by law of the state North Rhine-Westaphalia (at least 2 terms must be certified)||Registration as a doctoral student at the University (international office) ist required.|
|Vaild only applications for ongoing doctoral projects (application with submission of the doctoral thesis, but by 12.03.2022 at the latest)||Applicable for all doctoral students.|
Doctoral regulations 2020: How can published and accepted articles and manuscripts be included in the dissertation?
According to the doctoral regulations of 12.3.2020 the dissertation is a written doctoral thesis, which must prove the ability to carry out independent scientific work including its presentation and must contain scientifically significant results (§7, 1).
Articles published in professionally recognized, peer-reviewed media, such as specialist journals and books and articles accepted for publication as well as manuscripts may be included as chapters in the dissertation, provided that the own contribution is substantial. These included publications and manuscripts must be preceded by a comprehensive, comprehensible explanation in which their significance in connection with the dissertation is explained. In the case of articles and manuscripts with several authors, this explanation must clarify which specific contributions were made, both in terms of the results and in the writing of the article itself (§7, 3).
For dissertations in the field of physics, the inclusion of each individual publication and unpublished manuscript, as well as the use of content from publications, must be approved by the Thesis Committee (for members of a graduate school) or the supervisors (for doctoral students who are not members of a graduate school) (§7, 6).
In general, it is strongly recommended to discuss the form and content of the dissertation with the supervisors and the mentors of the Thesis Advisory Committee well in advance of submission (§7, 6).
There is no general answer to the question of whether or not a particular publication can be included in the thesis. Rather, this must always be discussed in each individual case. This question can therefore only be clarified with the supervisors and mentors of the Thesis Advisory Committee. The question cannot be answered by the Faculty’s Doctoral office.
Doctoral Regulations 2020: Do the registration deadlines also apply when changing to the new doctoral regulations?
The application deadline and the matriculation period do not apply retrospectively. You can also change to the new doctoral regulations if you are only now registering and wish to submit your dissertation soon.
Doctoral regulations 2020: Is it necessary to prove that a course of "good scientific practice" has been completed?
Yes, there is the obligation to attend a course on good scientific practice. However, this does not apply reotrosepctively. You can also change to the new doctoral regulations if you cannot prove that you have attended this course and wish to submit your dissertation soon.