Fakultät Akademische… Doctorate Doctorate Dr. sc.… Registration


Acceptance as a doctoral candidate must be applied at the responsible doctoral committee before starting a doctoral project.

According to § 5 PromO, dissertations must be registered when a topic is assigned. Usually, 3 years must elapse between acceptance as a doctoral student and submission of the dissertation.

Please note that access to patient data / ISH-med of the University Hospital is to be applied for via Doctoral Agreement (s. below) and will only be granted upon your acceptance as a doctoral student.

In the case of diploma programs at a university of applied sciences or university of cooperative education, the registration is preceded by the aptitude testing procedure (§ 4 para. 5 PromO).

Suitability assessment procedure for diploma programs (subject catalog)


The creation of an electronic doctoral file by registration in the central online portal heiDOCS is required for registration according to §5 para. 3 PromO. The data must be kept up to date by the doctoral candidate during the entire duration of the doctorate.

Online registration: heiDOCS - Create user account for the online doctoral file (please do not register if you have already registered!)

All questions regarding the online doctoral file can be answered by the central doctoral office on the pages of Heidelberg University.

Submission of the application documents

Please submit only complete documents and be sure to register beforehand at heiDOCS.

Please note that only complete documents with original signatures (electronic signatures are accepted for TAC members) received in the Office for Doctoral Affairs at least 3 weeks before the meeting will be forwarded to the Doctoral Committee.

Required documents (to be submitted together with the checklist):

  1. Application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate (form)
  2. Doctoral Agreement Template according to § 5 para. 1 PromO (pre-printed form), incl. composition of the TAC with (electr.) signatures of all members. Please note relevant legislation when filling out the privacy statement! Please make a copy of the doctoral agreement for your records
  3. Short concept of the planned dissertation (pre-printed form)
  4. If applicable, copies of the ethics votes(§ 15 of the professional code of conduct) and/or animal experimentation permits(§ 8 of the Animal Protection Act)
  5. Proof of completed university studies in officially certified copy (no recycled paper!): Diploma + examination certificate or Bachelor's and Master's degree (certificate and diploma in each case)
  6. Copy of identity card/passport
  7. Proof of language skills, if applicable

Required for foreign degrees:

Officially certified copy of Bachelor's and Master's degrees, each certificate and transcript (in original language and, if applicable, English or German translation) AND:

Required for dissertations at external institutions:

  • Consent form by dissertation at external institutions (form)

Please note

The documents to be submitted are examination documents and must be archivable. Therefore, do not make the copies on recycled paper!

All original documents to be submitted for the doctoral procedure remain with us, so please make copies for personal use, if necessary. The office of doctoral affairs will not make copies for you!