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Doctorate at the department of geography

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Students who are especially qualified to do scientific work may earn a doctorate in science (Dr. rer. nat) from the Department of Geography.

Prerequisites are:

  • A very good degree in the major subject of Geography in one of the study programs "Master" or "Lehramt an Gymnasien" of the Philipps-University Marburg is required.
  • Alternatively, a very good degree in Geography can be obtained at another German university.
  • Likewise, geography may have been studied as a minor subject or a university degree in a related discipline may be available.
  • The doctoral thesis must be supervised by a professor of the Department of Geography.

Further information can be found in the doctoral regulations , §5, para. 2 (just available in German).




If you have any questions regarding the organization and submission of your applications and documents, please contact Ms. Hill, Dean's Assistant.
Due to the current situation, we kindly ask you to make an appointment in advance for the submission of applications and dissertations! Thank you for your understanding!


Doctoral Committee


Doctoral Regulations and General Provision

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The doctoral regulations govern the entire doctoral procedure - from acceptance to publication of the dissertation. The doctoral regulations that are or were valid at the time of your acceptance as a doctoral candidate apply.

 Current doctoral regulations:


Registration as a doctoral candidate (Application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate)

In order to be accepted as a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Geography, you have to send an "Application for Acceptance" with all necessary documents to the chairperson of the doctoral committee. The submission of your documents is done by the Dean's Office, Ms. Hill. For this purpose, send all required documents in digital form by mail in advance and arrange a submission date for the documents, including original signatures.

Please note that all certificates to be submitted must be originals or certified copies.

Your acceptance as a doctoral candidate represents the official starting point of your doctorate.

We will gladly provide you with templates for the submission of your application


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Regardless of whether you are enrolled at the Philipps-Universität Marburg or whether you are employed as a staff member or not, as a doctoral candidate it is mandatory to register yourself in the university's own administration and information system MARVIN.

The registration takes place at the time of your application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate.

You can find more information about self-registration in MARVIN here:


Dissertation design

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The Faculty does not have any guidelines for the design of the dissertation itself. We recommend that you follow the common rules for the preparation and formatting of a scientific paper.
Please consult your supervisor in advance.
There are different requirements for the contents of the 1st page of your dissertation: on the one hand, for submission to the Faculty for the opening of your doctoral procedure and, on the other hand, for publication in the university library following your disputation.

We will be happy to provide you with an overview of this:


Cumulative Dissertation

Instead of a monograph dissertation, the Faculty of Geography offers the possibility to write a cumulative dissertation. In this case, special minimum requirements must be considered:

Notification of doctoral graduation (application for the opening of the doctoral examination procedure)

As soon as you have completed your (cumulative) dissertation, apply to the chairperson of the doctoral committee for the opening of your doctoral procedure. The submission of your dissertation and documents is done through the Dean's Office, Ms. Hill. For this purpose, send all required documents as well as your dissertation in digital form by mail in advance and arrange a date for the submission of the documents including original signatures.

We will gladly provide you with templates for the submission of your application:


Due to the necessary processing times or the minimum requirements to be met with regard to deadlines for the expert opinions and display as well as the dispatch of the invitation to the public disputation, you should allow at least 9-10 weeks from the time you submit your application for the opening of your doctoral procedure to the Dean's Office until the earliest possible disputation date. The concrete schedule may deviate from this and must always be checked individually.


Dissertation publication

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Following your disputation, you are obliged to publish so-called deposit copies of your dissertation at the university library.
You can obtain more information directly from the university library.



An apostille is an internationally recognized form of certification of documents. Some countries only accept a German doctoral certificate if the apostille confirms the authenticity of the certificate.
The apostille is applied for independently by the doctoral candidate after receipt of the doctoral certificate. The costs for an apostille are borne by the doctoral candidates.
Please contact the Dean's Office, Ms. Hill, as early as possible if you need an apostille for your home country. You will then receive all the necessary information.