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Guidance / FAQs

Here you will find first assistance and information on the subject of doctoral studies at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Of course we are happy to advise you in a personal conversation about various aspects of the doctorate. You can directly make an appointment with our

Contact Person for PhDs

Dr. Meike Huntebrinker

Tel. +49 511 762 19409
Fax +49 511 762 19491
E-Mail: graduiertenakademiezuv.uni-hannover.de

How do I find out whether studying for a doctorate is the right decision for me?

If a doctorate is right for you, you can check with the following list:

First steps: Doctoral studies at Leibniz Universität Hannover

At Leibniz Universität Hannover there are numerous options for doctoral studies, whether in a structured doctoral programme or in the form of an individual doctorate.

The form of the thesis and the nature of the oral examination as well as other formalities such as conditions for admission or subject-specific requirements are governed by the doctoral regulations of the individual faculties.

For a concise overview of the most important steps and contact persons on the way to successfully performing doctoral studies at Leibniz Universität Hannover, please see the following guide:

What funding options are available? How can I obtain a postgraduate scholarship, for example?

The Graduate Academy team will be pleased to advise you on funding options.

What insurance cover is available to me as a doctoral candidate? What health insurance do I have?

Information on health insurance and general insurance cover is complex and there is no single answer.  We have compiled some basic information on health, accident and liability insurance for you.

Does a bachelor's degree entitle me to admission to doctoral studies?

No. – According to § 9 of the NHG (Lower Saxony Higher Education Act) only those persons holding a Master’s degree, “Diplom” or “Magister” or an equivalent qualification with a “Staatsexamen” may be admitted to a doctorate.

Do I need to register as a doctoral candidate?

Yes. – According to § 9 section 2 of the NHG (Lower Saxony Higher Education Act) doctoral candidates must register as studying for a doctorate.

Application deadlines are as for degree courses: 31st March for the summer semester and 30th September for the winter semester.  In cases where there is a valid reason, it is also possible to register during the current semester and to backdate registration to the beginning of the same.    

Written confirmation from the faculty supervising the doctoral project must be enclosed with the application.   

I want to study for a doctorate. Do I need to pay tuition fees?

No. - Doctoral candidates registered solely with the objective of gaining a doctorate are not required to pay long-term study fees (Langzeitstudiengebühren) or tuition fees as long as they are not also registered for another degree course. They pay the semester fee only.

How do I become a member of the Graduate Academy?

As a registered doctoral candidate you are automatically a member of the Graduate Academy and can take advantage of the full range of our services. External and unregistered doctoral candidates can apply in writing to the management office for one year's membership.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Academy at any time.

How can I have my German PhD certificate authenticated for international use?

Who will assist me when difficulties occur during my dissertation period?