As a rule, you should determine the subject of your doctoral thesis with a university teaching staff member or a habilitated member of the University Medical Center Mainz who is responsible for teaching independently there, and you should work on it under his/her supervision.
Many institutes and departments publish possible doctoral dissertation subjects on their websites and by means of notices posted directly on site.
Most doctoral students (Dr. med and Dr. med. dent.) choose the subject of their doctoral thesis and supervisor through personal contact with their course lecturers.
If you are interested in obtaining a doctorate in a particular field or research area and cannot find a matching subject on the website of the institution in question or in the posted notices, please contact the head of the institution directly (preferably by email via the appropriate secretary’s office) and ask about possible subjects for a doctoral dissertation.
Some commissioned doctoral theses have a very clearly defined research problem from the outset. In such cases, as a doctoral candidate, you should ensure that you have a comprehensive grasp of this issue. You should have cleared up any ambiguities before the preliminary discussion with your supervisor.
If the research issue is unclearly formulated, you and your supervisor should discuss and jointly attempt to clarify uncertainties. Doctoral candidates, therefore, have the chance to participate in selecting the subject of their dissertation and precisely formulating its research issue. At the latest at the beginning of the writing phase, the research issue and the objectives should have been formulated.
Development of a work plan and/or an exposé
Together with your supervisor, you should establish a work plan and/or an exposé detailing how you will write your doctoral thesis.
A supervisor enters into a written supervision agreement with their doctoral candidate covering how the doctoral degree is to be structured as a process. This agreement specifies the tasks and duties of the supervisor as well as the tasks and duties of the doctoral candidate. The supervisory agreement must be accompanied by the work plan and/or an exposé.
To be admitted to the doctoral degree assessment procedure to obtain the academic titles “Dr. med.” or “Dr. med. dent.” candidates:must have passed the examination in medicine with an overall grade of at least “satisfactory” (to 3.0) or the examination in dentistry with an overall grade of at least “good”
In justified exceptional cases, if the applicant has demonstrated an outstanding academic performance and can submit two favorable assessments of their medical qualifications prepared by two teaching staff members or habilitated staff members at the University Medical Center Mainz, the Committee for the Advancement of Early-Career Researchers may waive the requirement for a particular grade.
The final grade is calculated by the Landesprüfungsamt für Studierende der Medizin und der Pharmazie [State Examination Board for Medical and Pharmaceutical Students].
In such cases, proof is deemed established.
Recognition of educational qualifications from abroad
You can find detailed information about recognition of your educational qualifications obtained abroad on the following page.
The following additional admission requirements apply only to doctoral candidates who have neither obtained their university entrance qualification at a German-language institution nor a degree in a German-language degree course. In such cases, applicants:
must provide proof of German language proficiency at the DSH-2 level, verifying “the language skills required for admission to or enrolment in all degree programs and courses at all universities” in accordance with the regulations for the German language examination for admission of foreign students (DSH) at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; and
If the doctoral thesis is to be written in English and the applicant has not earned a university entrance qualification at an English-language institution or a degree in an English-language degree course, additional requirements apply.
To be admitted to the doctoral degree assessment procedure for the doctoral degree in physiological sciences “Dr. rer. physiol.”, the applicant:
The procedure to assess suitability for admission to the doctoral degree assessment procedure for the doctorate in physiological sciences (Dr. rer. physiol.) for exceptionally qualified graduates of a diploma program at a university of applied sciences or of a Bachelor’s degree program.
Exceptional qualifications of this kind are assessed to determine candidate suitability. The requirements for admission to the procedure to assess candidate suitability are specified in Section 4 para. 3 of the currently valid doctoral degree regulations of the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
If you have any questions about this procedure, please make an appointment with us for a personal meeting.
Yes, Section 34 of the Rhineland-Palatinate Higher Education Act stipulates that doctoral candidates at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz are required to register, regardless of whether they wish to be enrolled as doctoral students or not.
By the time you have started the theoretical and practical work for your doctorate, the subject of your doctoral thesis must have been registered. Doctoral candidates for the degree “Dr. rer. physiol.” can register their doctoral dissertation in JOGU-StINe once all admission requirements have been met.
You must register online using JOGU-StINe.
No, you do not need to be matriculated to register your doctorate in JOGU-StINe.
As a rule, you should have completed your doctorate within five years of notification of the subject of your dissertation.
The Committee for the Advancement of Early-Career Researchers may authorize an extension of this deadline, particularly in cases of particular personal hardship, upon written application by the applicant.
Yes, you must have registered your doctoral project in JOGU-StINe and submitted the application for registration to the Department of Research and Teaching/Staff Unit for the Promotion of Early-Career Researchers before you can be enrolled by the Student Service Center on a doctoral program.
You do not need to be matriculated to complete your doctorate. Hence, if your status as a student has ended, this will have no effect on the doctoral degree assessment procedure.
The doctoral studies office is responsible for providing
Mr. Fatos Berisha
Department of Research and Teaching
Building 907 1. UPPER FLOOR
Tel.: +49 (0)6131 17-9691
Fax: +49 (0)6131 17-9669
You can access the homepage of the docotral candidate representation via the following link