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Admission to the doctoral degree program

The doctoral committee alone is responsible for ensuring that all admission requirements have been met. Review of a student's application begins only when all materials have been submitted.

The application materials include a well-written, 15 to 20-page synopsis of the planned dissertation, thewritten consent of a professor to supervise the dissertation, a curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates that meet the admission requirements.

Professors eligible to be doctoral advisors are listed on the DrPH website under the link "Contact and Advice". The final decision on admission lies with the doctoral committee of the School of Public Health.

The 15- to 20-page synopsis for the dissertation should be structured as follows:


  1. Problem Background / Public Health Relevance
  2. Objectives and scientific questions
  3. Methodological approach
  4. Expected results / applicability
  5. Work schedule and timetable
  6. Provisional outline
  7. References

b) if relevant, a complete list of publications, including a list of earlier scientific publications;

c) a statement from the candidate that she or he has read and agree to comply with the doctoral program regulations of the Bielefeld School of Public Health;

d) for international students: Proof of sufficient knowledge of the German language, will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the doctoral committee

Students who were initially rejected for admission may reapply. Admission as a doctoral candidate is limited to three years; upon justified request, this can be extended by the Doctoral Committee.

More detailed information can be found under points 4 and 5 of the doctoral program regulations of the Bielefeld School of Public Health of 1 June 2015 with regards to § 5 and 6 RPO and § 3 of the degree program regulations of the Bielefeld School of Public Health.



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