Doctoral Thesis Agreement

The doctoral thesis agreement is concluded after a positive public presentation of your research proposal. Please submit your doctoral thesis agreement within 4 weeks after passing the FÖP to (for the study fields psychological sciences and cognitive humanities) or to (for the study fields of biology and neuroscience).


Beside writing their thesis, doctoral candidates have to earn ECTS (study credits), e.g. through seminars, lectures etc. The amount of credits are defined by the respective curricula. The doctoral candidate and the supervisor(s) specify within the doctoral thesis agreement in detail, how these credits will be achieved. Doctoral candidates are also encouraged to take part in courses teaching transferable skills (e.g. scientific writing, presenting) as well as obtaining other scientific qualifications (e.g. through presentations at conferences, courses in statistics). 
Courses should be chosen as to best suit a doctoral candidate's research project and his/her intended professional career.

The doctoral candidate, supervisor(s) and the (Vice-) DSPL sign an agreement comprising the following points:

  • All participants' rights and obligations
  • Detailed description of the doctoral thesis project
  • Time schedule and specification of financial aspects
  • Extent of supervision (frequency of feedback meetings)
  • Requirements that have to be fulfilled

The progress of the doctoral thesis project is documented in yearly annexes to the agreement (annual progress report).