The Individual Doctorate

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The individual doctorate is the classic variant of doing one‘s doctorate in Germany. Prospective doctoral candidates must individually find a supervisor with whom they agree on the topic and a time frame for the research and writing phases of their doctorate. In contrast to the structured doctorate, the individual doctorate does not include a mandatory funding and participation in the qualification programme with seminars and workshops accompanying the doctorate. Though a supervision agreement is also necessary in the context of the individual doctorate.

At the beginning of a doctoral project, an application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate must be submitted to the respective faculty or Max-Weber-Kolleg in accordance with their doctorate-degree regulations. At the University of Erfurt, each faculty and the Max-Weber-Kolleg has its own doctorate-degree regulation which, in addition to the admission requirements, also specifies how the doctoral and examination procedure is to be carried out and which doctoral degrees are awarded.  Acceptance takes place centrally via Docata - the web portal for doctoral candidatesat the University of Erfurt.

Contact persons of the faculties and the Max-Weber-Kolleg

Faculty of Education

Cornelia Seibt
Sekretariat der Promotionskommission
(Faculty of Education)
Lehrgebäude 2 / Raum 317

Faculty of Catholic Theology

(Faculty of Catholic Theology)
Mitarbeitergebäude 3 (Villa Martin) / Raum 8

Faculty of Philosophy

Romy Klaer
Contact person for master theses, doctorate and habilitation
(Faculty of Philosophy)
Lehrgebäude 4 / room 225

Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences

Liska Kübel, B.A.
Administrator for doctoral and habilitation matters as well as BA and MA examination matters (currently off duty)
(Faculty of Economics, Law and Social Sciences)
Lehrgebäude 1 / Raum 0054


Managing Director
(Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies)
Research Building "Weltbeziehungen" C19.00.26


Servicebüro (Team)
General enquiries Graduate Service
(Staff Unit Research and Graduate Services)