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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"...

Help - and where to find it

Working on our research projects can be fun and rewarding – but is also very challenging and energy-sapping. Sometimes, one has the feeling that help is urgently needed. But do you know where to ask for help? We, your DokTeam, noticed that some of us seem not to know about the many options for help that are out there, or that many hesitate to contact them. Here we list some support options for you and encourage you to take action instead of hiding.

  1. The DokTeam represents YOU. Therefore, it is important for us to know how you feel and where you have issues. We are organizing Events where people from different departments get the chance to meet and have fun together. But it also gives you the chance to exchange experiences and discuss problems. Despite that, we are in contact with different committees and the directorate of GEOMAR, where we bring in the voice of us docs. We are closely linked with ISOS and even DRs from all other Helmholtz Centre via the helmholtz juniors. In many cases, we are the first people you can address if you have questions or problems. Actually, this is our main task! If we cannot help you directly, at least we know who can. So do not hesitate to contact us via dokteam(at)geomar.de .

  2. If you have issues with your project, handing in your thesis, or with your main supervisor, you should consider talking about it during your next ISOS PhD Advisory Committee Meetings. Often it helps to have second and/or third supervisors present, and even if they are not directly involved in your project they can act as mentors and help you to communicate issues to your main supervisor. ISOS also offers to participate in these meetings in order to help you solve problems. ISOS

  3. If communication with your supervisor seems already impossible (sadly these cases exist), or if you do not organize Advisory Committee Meetings (or if they do not help anymore), the graduate centre of Kiel University and GEOMAR both have elected persons of trust who support you in conflict situations, with misunderstandings, with problems regarding thesis submission, with questions regarding good scientific practice, and in many other situations. More information on when and how to contact them can be found by the persons of trust from the graduate centre and ombudsperson of GEOMAR.

Last but not least, in case you do not receive any information via the “Doktoranden”-mailing list and therefore miss important information, please contact the DokTeam (dokteam(at)geomar.de) in order to register.

Your 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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