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Holiday regulations at GEOMAR

3 years to finish the doctoral thesis is not much time. But taking days off and go on holidays is as important as working on your thesis. If you want to know more about holiday regulations you can look it up at TVöD §26, check the GEOMAR internal website or just finish reading this.

All doctoral candidates with a working contract at GEOMAR have 30 days of holiday/year – this holds if you work 5 days a week. You apply to take days off using the form provided via the GEOMAR internal website (“Urlaubsantrag”) and having your supervisor signing it. If you do not take the days off, they are transferred to the next year, but they will expire the end of that second year.  In June each year, your supervisor is informed about the number of your holidays left and should encourage you to take them, if you haven’t done so already. Without a proper reason, the supervisors are not allowed to turn down your holiday application. Nevertheless, if that should happen feel free to contact us, the GEOMAR staff council or Silke Berger (Teamleitung Entgeltabrechnung).

PhD vs. Dr.

Did you know that you will receive a Dr. and not a PhD at GEOMAR?

The term PhD student originates from English-speaking countries where doctoral studies are usually completed as a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). Unlike doctoral degrees in German-speaking countries, PhD programs often take the form of a specific study program, the PhD program that requires the candidate to attend lectures and examinations and has a standard duration of three to five years. GEOMAR does not offer such a program, thus you cannot obtain a PhD at GEOMAR.  What you do at GEOMAR is called a ‘Promotion’. This term refers to achieving a doctoral degree in a specific subject and the right to use the term ‘Dr.’, recognized by a doctoral degree certificate. A doctoral degree in this sense is not a structured program of study with lectures and examinations but takes the form of independent academic research on a topic chosen by the doctoral candidate and conducted under the mentorship of a supervising professor.

Therefore, you actually are a doctoral candidate or doctoral researcher short DR (in German Doktorand/-in or Promovierende) - not a PhD student if you are doing your doctoral studies at GEOMAR.

For more information visit: https://www.fau.eu/graduate-centre/doctoral-degrees/promotion-und-ph-d


New Doctoral Degree Regulation

All doctoral candidates and supervisors MUST apply for acceptance as a candidate at the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Kiel University AT THE START of their doctoral research, using this form (German/English). Furthermore, you have to sign a supervision agreement (German/English).

Since 28.09.2018 the new doctoral degree regulation (in German) is binding for all doctoral candidates that apply for admission to the doctoral examination procedure (usually shortly before you hand in). There is also a translation in English available (note: the German one is binding!).

The dissertation can be written and handed in as a monograph, a cumulative dissertation or a combination of both in English or German. If you need more information on that, please see the checklist (German/English) of the MNF. It also has information on how many copies you need to hand in, the examination procedure, etc…

Important and new to know is that first and second reviewers of the thesis must be independent – in the working hierarchy – from one another.

For more information visit the website of the MNF.


Important locations in Kiel

Are you new in Kiel and wonder where to find the "Einwohnermeldeamt" or the tax office? Would you like to know where you find a farmers market, the cinema or the beach? Just click on the picture below and check out our map with "important locations in Kiel and how to get there"...


  • GEOMAR DokTeam 

    GEOMAR Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
    c/o Lara Jacobi

    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel


    email: dokteam(at)geomar.de

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