Doctoral Program/procedures according to the doctoral regulations of the Charité

Guidelines for opening a thesis procedure for Dr. rer. cur. in the form of a monograph

  • The Thesis Regulation of the Medical Faculty of the CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin dated 2012-12-03, is the legal basis. You can download the Regulation from the right column.
  • The application for opening the thesis procedure shall be submitted in writing to the Chairperson of the Thesis Commission. In the right column, you will also find suggestions for structuring the layout
  • You must be present in person for the opening.
  • Admission to the thesis procedure is to be applied for before starting the work. You will find the necessary information in Section 6 (2) of the Thesis Regulation and here.

The following documents must also be included with the application:

(a) 3 copies with the obligatory title sheet

The three bound copies of the dissertation in A4 format drawn up at the student’s expense shall be written in German. Applications giving reasons for exceptions can be submitted to the Thesis Commission, which will rule on their approval.

In the right column, you will find a binding template for the layout of the cover sheet specified by the Faculty.

The title of the dissertation must be brief and readily understandable. Abbreviations should be avoided.     Rules of the German language shall be complied with. The file reference and date of the official approval shall be indicated in studies involving animal experiments.

Advice: Please note that German language dissertations need an English language abstract and vice versa.

(b) Certificate/ diploma/ Master’s certificate

You can submit either a certified transcript of your college graduation certificate or an uncertified photocopy thereof; in the latter case, the original document must also be produced for verification purposes.

(c) Curriculum vitae

Please submit separately a CV signed by you for the archive. The CV should contain information on courses, employment record, academic degrees obtained and previous efforts to obtain a doctorate. Courses taken and academic degrees obtained must be substantiated with certificates.

Important: A copy of the signed CV is part of the bound dissertation and shall be appended to it at the end.

(d) List of publications

Please submit a separate list of publications (if applicable) for the archive.
Important: A copy of the list of publications (if applicable) is part of the bound dissertation and shall be included at the end of the work behind the CV.

(e) Affidavit

Also part of the dissertation is an affidavit, signed by the applicant, stating that he/she wrote the thesis himself/herself and without the help of third parties and that no sources or means other than those stated were used...

On the right side, you will find a downloadable mandatory sample of the declaration.

The affidavit as part of the bound work should be at the end of the dissertation. The affidavit should be signed only by you.
Please submit a separate printout version of the declaration for the file. In the case of previous publications relating to your dissertation, this declaration should also be signed by your supervisor.

(f) Abstract

A separate, unbound copy each of the dissertation abstract in German and English indicating the title of the dissertation and the name of the candidate for the archive. 

(g) Certificate of good conduct

A certificate of good conduct from the police (may not be older than eight weeks on the date of submission).

(h) Form for proposed reviewers

A form listing five proposed reviewers stamped and signed by the student’s university teacher.
You can download the requisite form from the right column.

(i) Primary data set

Based on the Standing Rules on Good Scientific Practice, the Thesis Commission is encouraged to carry out random sample checks. For this purpose, a faithful copy of the primary data set of the underlying dissertations in digital form (DVD, CD or memory stick) or the exact postal or electronic address with the name(s) of the responsible person or persons where the data can be accessed over a period of ten years is to be provided or named.

(j) Participation confirmation course „Good Scientific Practice“

In Section 1 (2), the statute of Medizinische Fakultät CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin on „Good Scientific Practice“ specifies that it is obligatory for doctoral candidates to take a course in Good Scientific Practice. The content of the course is focused on experiment planning, evaluation of primary data, statistics and authorships.

You will find the schedule at:
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(k) ID card / passport

When submitting the application, the candidate must be able to prove his/her identity by producing a valid personal identification document.