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Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I Biowissenschaften

Kurt-Mothes-Str. 3
06120 Halle (Saale)

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I Biowissenschaften
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Current Information

Doctoral defenses will take place as a face-to-face event in the summer semester 2022.

The obligation to wear a medical mouth and nose protector is no longer applicable during the doctoral defense. However, since a risk of infection still cannot be ruled out, wearing a medical face mask is still recommended.

The defense can be broadcast to an interested audience via video conference (via WebEx, MLUconf, etc.).

The head of the examination committee is responsible for carrying out the defense of the doctorate.

Doctoral regulations

Application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate


Registration as a doctoral student is a condition for admission to the doctorate and must be completed at least one year prior to the opening of a doctoral procedure. The application is only possible electronically. Please use the link below:

Required documents

Please submit the following documents to the Dean's Office /  Department Academic Issues:

  • the printed and completed form "Application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate"
  • CV
  • Copies of all final degree certificates (notarised copies or copies and submission of the originals)

Application for admission to the doctoral examination procedure


Registration for the opening of a doctoral procedure is only possible online. To do this, you must enter your e-mail address, which has already been stored in the system (when registering as a doctoral student). You will then receive a mail with the information on the application for admission. Please use the link below:

Required informations

Please submit the following documents to the Dean's Office /  Department Academic Issues:

  • the printed and completed form "Application for admission to the doctoral examination procedure"
  • informal letter (addressed to the chairperson of the doctoral committee of the faculty) indicating that the procedure to confer a doctoral degree has been initiated. This should include information pertaining to the subject-matter of the dissertation and the doctoral degree being pursued.  The application should also provide information regarding from which Institute the dissertation originates as well as the scientific focus of the research carried out by the graduate student
  • four (4) bound copies of the thesis (normally a maximum of 100 pages DIN-A4) must be submitted. Each copy must include a title page, details of the person submitting the thesis (brief CV) along with a signed statement about their educational background. Furthermore, a written declaration, in which the person submitting the dissertation confirms that she/he wrote the thesis single-handedly without external help and that the texts or references used in the writing of the thesis are appropriately cited and recognized (affidavit), is obligatory
  • one (1) digital copy (in the form of a pdf file) of the thesis according to § 5 of the doctoral regulations
  • a signed brief curriculum vitae indicating the details of education undertaken by the applicant for the doctoral file
  • a list of publications in accordance with § 5 of the doctoral regulations for the doctoral file
  • three (3) suggested reviewers for the dissertation (please provide their full address, e-mail address and telephone number)
  • in the case of a cumulative dissertation, the status of the publication and the percentage of one's own contribution to the work must be presented informally (with the signature of a co-author who may not be a reviewer at the same time) in accordance with § 7 (5) of the doctoral regulations
  • in the case of receipt of sponsorship according to the regulations governing graduate scholarships from 27.05.1992 (GVBI. LSA S. 382) written documentation should be provided
  • after the defense (as a prerequisite for the delivery of the doctoral certificate) submission of a deposit copy and an electronic version to the university library (see notes on publication below)

Important notes

To conclude doctorate processes the "Fakultätsrat" of the Faculty of Natural Sciences 1 - Biosciences decided:

Criteria for writing cumulative dissertations

Cumulative dissertations must be based on three or more accepted publications, of which two of the publications identify the doctoral candidate as the first author and at least one further publication with an own share greater than or equal to 30%. This decision will come into effect at the beginning of the winter semester 2021/2022.

Number of reviews to be obtained in the doctoral procedure

The number of reviews according to §9 of the doctoral regulations of the Faculty of Natural Sciences I of the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg was set at three (3) by the "Fakultätsrat".

Awarding of a predicate

The "Fakultätsrat" (faculty committee) recommends that the doctoral committee and the chairman of the doctoral committee only award the grade "summa cum laude" with a grade of 1.0.

summa cum laude: In the case of outstanding academic achievements (if, as a rule, all reviews, the lecture and the discussion are rated 1.0), the dissertation is rated "summa cum laude".

Publication of dissertations - personal details

At the request of the doctoral candidate to the doctoral committee, the publication of the date of birth, the place of birth, personal information and the academic career in the dissertation can be dispensed with.

Publication of dissertations

The doctoral committee determines whether the reviewers propose conditions for the publication of the dissertation. If this is the case, then the doctoral committee makes a proposal to the doctoral committee as to whether and to what extent these conditions should be resolved. The corresponding proposal is recorded in the doctoral file.
If the requirements are proposed by an internal reviewer, the doctoral committee commissions this person to check that the requirements have been met. If the requirements are proposed by an external reviewer, then the doctoral committee would instruct the chairperson of the doctoral committee to check that the requirements have been met.

The "Fakultätsrat" (faculty comitte) recommends choosing the form of a corrigendum.

Publication notes

At the end of the doctoral procedure, the applicant must publish the dissertation in accordance with § 14 of the doctoral regulations. For the electronic publication of a work on the Internet, a contract is concluded between the author and the ULB.

You could find all information on electronic publication at the University and State Library (ULB) at:

Documents to be submitted to the dissertation office:

  • the printed and completed contract "Vertrag über die Veröffentlichung einer Hochschulschrift (Dissertation, Habilitation) als Netzpublikation"
  • a bound print copy of the dissertation (no ring binding)
  • an electronic version of the dissertation in PDF format (that matches the print version) with a curriculum vitae (this can be waived on application to the doctoral committee), affidavit, names of the reviewers and date of defense
  • an abstract in German and English in Word or PDF format (max. 1000 characters each)
  • max. 10 keywords for the content of the work in German and English in Word or PDF format
  • Note: PDF files must not have password and/or copy protection in order to be able to guarantee long-term archiving

The personal submission takes place after prior appointment with the dissertation office. You can bring the files with you on a USB stick or send them as an e-mail attachment.

Alternatively, the submission can be made by mail (files as an e-mail attachment, printed version and original contract by mail).


Dissertationsstelle (Ansprechpartnerinnen: Dr. Bettina Günther-Kunert, Anja Linke)

room Ortsleihe
August-Bebel-Str. 50
06108 Halle (Saale)

phone: 0345-55-22172

postal address:
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
August-Bebel-Str. 50
06108 Halle (Saale)

When all documents have been received correctly and completely at the dissertation office, the dean's office receives a certificate and only then can the doctoral certificate be issued.

Contact Dean's Office/Department Academic Issues


Büro: Martina Müller (Dekanat/Verfahren)

room 320.2
Kurt-Mothes-Str. 3
06120 Halle (Saale)

phone: +49 345 55 26337
fax: +49 345 55 27325

postal address:
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
Dekanat der Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät I – Biowissenschaften
06099 Halle (Saale)

In summer semester 2022 we will offer opening hours again. Please make an appointment by phone or email during the office hours listed below.

Office hours:Dekanat/Verfahren
Monday08.00 to 11.30 p.m.
Tuesday08.00 to 11.30 Uhr
13.00 to 14.30 p.m.
Wednesday08.00 to 11.30 p.m.
Thursday08.00 to 11.30 p.m.
13.00 to 14.30 p.m.
Friday– office closed –

Dates of current doctoral defenses

You can find an overview of the dates of current doctoral defenses in the faculty's calendar.

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