FAQs on doctoral procedures
If you have any other questions relating to a specific faculty, please go to the faculty’s separate FAQ pages:
- Faculty of Medicine (German)
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology
Questions concerning registration
You will already have an IdM account if you are or were enrolled or employed at FAU. Once your login name has been activated (see below) in the IdM self-service system (www.idm.fau.de) you can view the data you have entered at www.docdaten.fau.de.
If you are employed at FAU you can find your login name and the activation password in your account information letter. If you are a student, you can find these details on your student ID.
Activation: If you have not studied at FAU and are not employed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Here you will get the information you need for your IdM account. You only need to activate your login name once in the IdM self-service system. To do this, simply enter your login name and your activation password in the relevant fields. You can get this information from the Graduate Centre.
If you have forgotten your IdM login name or if an existing account no longer works, please contact the RRZE Helpdesk for your location. The FAU Graduate Centre only has access to your IdM login until you have activated your account. Once you have activated your IdM account, the RRZE is responsible for managing it.
Erlangen southern campus: Computer Centre (RRZE)
Martensstr. 1, Erlangen
1st floor, Room 1.013
Phone: +49 9131 85 29955
Fax: +49 9131 85 29966
Monday-Thursday 9.00 am-4.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am-2.00 pm
Erlangen city centre: IZI Helpdesk
Bismarckstr. 1, Erlangen
C Tower, Room C105
Phone: +49 9131 85 26134
Fax: +49 9131 85 22121
Monday-Thursday 9.00 am-4.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am-2.00 pm
Nuremberg: IZN Helpdesk
Lange Gasse 20 Nuremberg
Phone: +49 911 5302 815
Fax: +49 911 5302 408
Monday-Friday 9.00 am-12.00 midday, 2.00-5.00 pm and 7.00-9.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am-12 midday, 3.00-5.00 pm and 8.00-9.00 pm
As a doctoral candidate, you must also pay the semester fees paid by undergraduates (this includes the cost of your basic semester ticket).
Questions on admission
- We can check at an early stage to see whether you have satisfied the requirements to study at doctoral level at FAU.
- Once admitted, you are a registered doctoral candidate at FAU (even if you are not employed by FAU).
- You can benefit from our central services.
- You will regularly receive important information on studying for a doctorate.
If you present the original with a copy, this can be compared and verified, so that you can then take away the original with you. Please make your own copies. We cannot make copies for you.
Questions on initiating the doctoral procedure
Do not confuse registration in our docDaten database or admission to doctoral study with enrolment. Enrolment is only possible for a maximum of six semesters.
At the Faculty of Sciences, the supervisor needs to submit a request to the Faculty Council for the admission of an examiner from another subject (FAU). If the examiner is from other university, the supervisor has to make an informal application to the doctoral committee.
At the Faculty of Medicine, an examiner from another subject must be included in procedures for the degree of Dr. rer. biol. hum. This person is nominated by the supervisor. For the degree of Dr. med./Dr. med. dent., examiners from another subject are not permitted.
Examiners from another subject have to satisfy the criteria set out in Section 5 of the General Doctoral Regulations and the Faculty Doctoral Regulations.
Questions on the dissertation
Questions on other matters
In addition, staff at the FAU Graduate Centre will be happy to help you with an enquiry (email@example.com, +49 9131 85 20724). Doctoral candidates of the School of Business and Economics should contact the Graduate Centre for the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law (German) directly.
You can find all key information and the texts of the doctoral regulations on our website.
Under certain circumstances, admission to a doctoral degree may be approved on the basis of adegree obtained in another subject . Sometimes a qualifying examination may be necessary for admission to a doctoral degree programme. You can find more details in Section 6 of the Doctoral Regulations.
Master’s degrees from universities of applied sciences are deemed to be equivalent to Master’s degrees from universities. Under certain circumstances, very good graduates from universities of applied sciences with a Diplom may be accepted provided they pass the qualifying examination for the doctoral degree programme.
Degrees from non-German universities will have to be examined by the doctoral committee. This will be undertaken after you have successfully registered in docDaten and submitted your application to be admitted to a doctoral degree programme. It can take up to several months to determine the equivalence of non-German degrees.
In addition, the Central Office for International Affairs at FAU has compiled a list of other sponsorship organisations (German) that fund periods abroad.
You can also do some footwork yourself and check our website with its various funding databases.
If you are already a doctoral candidate and receive basic funding for your project at FAU, you can also ask your sponsor whether they also provide additional funding for periods of research abroad. Some organisations that promote young academic talents also offer this.