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    Doctoral Training

    Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) confers the following degrees: Lic. theol., Dr. theol., Dr. iur., Dr. iur. utr., Dr. med., Dr. med. dent., Dr. phil., Dr. rer. nat., and Dr. rer. pol..

    In accordance with the provisions of the General Regulations for Doctoral Degrees at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, individuals seeking admission to a doctoral programme must submit an application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate to the competent Faculty or Graduate School. The doctoral process will not start until the applicant has been accepted. A university degree in a relevant discipline (usually a Master’s degree, state examination, Magister, or Diplom) is normally a prerequisite for admission to a doctoral programme. As a rule, individuals who are holding a Bachelor’s degree but did not obtain a Master’s degree do not qualify for admission to a doctoral programme!

    For more information, please refer to the General Regulations for Doctoral Degrees at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg and the Doctoral Regulations of the Faculties.

    As per the General Regulations for Doctoral Degrees at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, doctoral researchers must enrol at the University of Würzburg within the designated enrolment deadlines at the earliest possible date after they have been accepted as a doctoral candidate. Individuals who have not been accepted as a doctoral candidate cannot enrol in a doctoral programme.

    In accordance with the provisions of Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz (Bavarian Higher Education Act, BayHSchG), doctoral researchers should be disenrolled no later than three years after they enrolled in the doctoral programme. The University’s Doctoral Regulations merely require that doctoral researchers be enrolled for a minimum of two subject semesters.

    In exceptional circumstances, the enrolment of doctoral researchers can be extended beyond three years provided that the following conditions are met: Disenrolment would render the candidate unable to successfully complete his/her doctoral training, and the candidate can demonstrate that an extension of his/her enrolment is absolutely necessary. If you want to apply for an extension of your enrolment as a doctoral researcher, please submit your request to Student Affairs via your Faculty. Please make sure you file said request in good time.

    Deadlines and other important information:

    Admission to doctoral programmes:

    Individuals cannot take up doctoral training at the University of Würzburg until the competent Faculty or Graduate School has accepted them as a doctoral candidate. For more information on the admission procedure, please contact the Office of the Dean of the Faculty concerned or the University of Würzburg Graduate Schools.

    Enrolment:

    If you are not currently enrolled in a programme at JMU, please submit an application for enrolment via JMU’s enrolment portal for programmes with unrestricted admission within the designated enrolment deadlines. Click here for enrolment deadlines.

    Clicking here will take you to JMU’s enrolment portal.

    Changing degree programmes or subjects:

    If you want to transfer to a doctoral programme immediately after you have completed your first degree (Magister, Diplom, state examination) or Master’s degree at the University of Würzburg, please re-enrol to continue your studies in the next semester and file a petition to make changes to your degree programme. You can file said petition no earlier than at the time you re-enrol and no later than one month after commencement of the lecture period of the semester in question. Click here for the exact start date of the lecture period of the semester in question.

    For the form you will have to complete, click here.

    Extending your enrolment as a doctoral researcher:

    Please submit your written application for an extension of your enrolment as a doctoral researcher at the time you re-enrol to continue your doctoral training in your seventh (or a higher) doctoral semester but no later than one month after commencement of the lecture period of the semester in question. Click here for the exact start date of the lecture period of the semester in question.

    Application for extension of enrolment as a doctoral researcher