Information for reviewers, lecturers and supervisors

On the following pages, you will find information collated by the team of Charité’s Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies. This information is of relevance to:

  • Reviewers
  • Lecturers
  • Supervisors

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Information for reviewers

Current doctoral degree regulations stipulate that the thesis examining process should include at least one external reviewer. Each reviewer should work independently, without consulting the other reviewers, and submit their reports within 8 weeks.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible for nominated reviewers to receive prior notification. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Should you be unable to adhere to our deadline, you may reject our request and return the copy of the doctoral thesis. However, should you decide to accept our request, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your time.

You may wish to make use of our referee reporting template when preparing your report. The template is available for download in our Links and downloads section. Please feel free to compose your report in a different format should you so wish.

Please feel free to highlight any shortcomings or mistakes as part of your report. You may request corrections. Please distinguish

  • between major points of criticism – where both the issue raised and the quality of the correction will impact the grade awarded
  • and minor issues – which can be rectified easily prior to producing the final bound copy.

Please ensure any request for corrections is clearly stated. The Doctoral Commission will only formally request corrections if such a request is made by the referee at the end of their report. Once corrections have been made, you will receive a copy of the corrected thesis and be asked to submit a final evaluation.

Information for lecturers – teaching doctoral degree taught components

Any lectures/seminars offered for doctoral students can be recognized as part of the mandatory teaching component of the Habilitation process (post-doctoral degree required to qualify for a professorship) or the process involved in qualifying for an Extraordinary Professorship (professorship without a chair).

Should this be of interest, please contact the Coordination Office. Members of the team will be happy to provide you with information and advice. They will also be able to issue the necessary attestations.

Information for supervisors

To find out whether you will be able to act as a doctoral supervisor/advisor at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin or whether you will be able to continue acting as a doctoral supervisor/advisor after leaving Charité, please consult the Office for Graduate and Postgraduate Studies.

For information on the general responsibilities of a doctoral supervisor/advisor, please consult the Faculty Council’s Guidelines on the matter.

In addition to the responsibilities listed in these guidelines, you must also:

  • Obtain proof of ‘KMK recognition’, i.e. confirmation that the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) recognizes your doctoral student’s international academic qualification
  • Obtain an ethical opinion from the relevant ethics committee or other relevant body for any research involving human beings or animals
  • Produce a ‘Votum Informativum’ (written assessment) on the quality of your student’s doctoral thesis.

Please click on the relevant links for additional information on ‘KMK recognition’ and ‘Votum Informativum’. For further information on how to obtain an ‘ethical opinion from the relevant ethics committee’, please consult the ‘Promotionsvereinbarung/Doctoral Studies Agreement’ (available from Links & Downloads).

It would also be helpful if you could familiarize yourself with the procedures involved in the examination of doctoral degrees and the courses to be completed by doctoral students.

Ombudspersons for doctoral affairs

In the event of a dispute with your doctoral students which cannot be resolved via the supervisory team, please feel free to contact our Ombudspersons for doctoral affairs. They will act as mediators and provide the support needed to resolve the situation. Please click here for further information.