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Doctorate

A doctorate is proof of having a particular academic qualification, generally examined by means of a written thesis and viva or oral examination. The aim of a doctoral degree is to enable independent academic study and research.

Doctorate

A doctorate is proof of having a particular academic qualification, generally examined by means of a written thesis and viva or oral examination. The aim of a doctoral degree is to enable independent academic study and research.

Similar wording you will sufficiently find in doctoral regulations or other official pronouncements. But what does it really mean? What do you actually have to expect if you decide to do a doctoral thesis? How do you become a Ph.D. candidate and what rights and duties arise from this status? What do you have to take into account apart from the actual research? And last but not least: What opportunities offer Leibniz University Hannover to broaden your scientific and professional horizon - apart from working on the actual dissertation topic?

The team of the Graduate Academy supports you with its diverse offerings to successfully tackle your short and long term goals.

First suggestions and answers to frequently asked questions concerning the doctorate can already be found here under "Guidance/FAQs."

Above that, you will find more information on opportunities for doctoral study at Leibniz University Hannover and the administrative steps involved on the following pages.

Further Information about a Doctorate

Study and Research in Germany
Guidelines for Doctoral Candidates