Thesis procedure in accordance with the Thesis Regulation of the Charité

Guidelines for opening a doctoral procedure in the form of a publication doctorate with at least three publications

  • 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 find suggestions for structuring the layout.
  • You must be present in person for the opening.

The following documents shall also be appended to the application:

(a) Three copies with a binding title sheet

Three bound copies of the dissertation in German in a DIN A4 format must be prepared at the candidate’s own expense. On application, the Thesis Commission shall decide on exceptions. Reasons must be given for the application. In the right column, you will find a binding sample of the cover sheet prescribed by the Faculty.

  • Table of contents
  • Summary - a maximum of 20 pages including bibliography - structure:
    • Abstract (a maximum of 400 words, in German and English each)
    • Introduction
    • Method
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • Bibliography (not more than 150 literature references)
  • Own work declaration/affidavit (with your signature)
  • Print copies of the selected publications
  • Curriculum vitae (with your signature)
  • Complete list of publications
  • Acknowledgements

(b) 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.

(c) Certificate/diploma/Master’s certificate

You can submit either a certified copy of the university certificate or of diploma or of the certificate of master or of the certificate of examination in medicine/dentistry; alternatively you can submit an uncertified photocopy, in which case the original document is to be presented for verification.
Physicians shall also submit their licence and (if applicable) their specialist certificate.

Candidates enrolled in medical or dental courses at the Charité shall present a current matriculation certificate.

(d) List of publications

A separate, complete list of publications shall be submitted for the archive.

Please note that this list must also be included following the CV in the bound copies of your dissertation.

(e) Selected publications

A list of selected publications indicating the impact factors.

(f) Affidavit

Also part of the work is a declaration signed by the candidate stating that the dissertation was written by himself/herself without the help of (unauthorised) third parties, that neither the work nor parts thereof are copies of other works and that all aids and literature used are listed in their entirety.  The candidate’s contribution to the selected publications is also stated.
The declaration shall be inserted at the end of the bound dissertation. 

A binding template can be downloaded from the right column.

(g) Print copies of publication(s)

At least three original, peer-reviewed publications collectively regarded as being equivalent, with the candidate being the first author of at least one of the publications, appearing in a relevant professional journal, should be submitted as a body of written work for the doctorate. In case of doubt, the Thesis Commission shall decide on the recognition of the professional journal in question. The Thesis Commission shall decide on the recognition of co-authored publications that have already been used in another doctoral procedure.

The publications must represent research work and its results written as an independent scientific endeavour whose objective is progress in scientific knowledge. The scientific work on which the publications are based must have been carried out at, or in cooperation with, the Medizinische Fakultät CharitéUniversitätsmedizin Berlin

The year of publication of the most recent publication may not be more than one year before the opening of the doctoral procedure. The Thesis Commission shall decide on exceptions.

(h) Summary

The summary must be an adequate digest of the selected publications’ content comprising no more than 20 pages; it is to be structured as follows: title, author, abstract in German and English (one page each), introduction, objective (one page), methodology, results, discussion (max. 17 pages).

(i) reviewer proposal form

A form with five reviewer proposals stamped and signed by the candidate’s supervisor. You can download the requisite form from the right column.

(j) Certificate of good conduct

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

(k) 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.

(l) 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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(m) ID card / passport

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


Please also note that part of the documents must be submitted in electronic form. Therefore, please send the application, the CV, the list of the selected publications, the statement or originality (without signatures), the summary and the reviewer proposal formin a document file (either Word of PDF) on a CD or by e-mail to the following address: